The American manufacturer of the controversial DC-10, McDonnell Douglass, is one of many companies exhibiting at the Paris air show which opens at Le Bourget on Saturday (9 June).
The American manufacturer of the controversial DC-10, McDonnell Douglass, is one of many companies exhibiting at the Paris air show which opens at Le Bourget on Saturday (9 June). Officials of the company said in Paris on Friday (8 June) that the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to ground the airliners was unwarranted and they were taking all possible steps to get the plane flying again.
SYNOPSIS: More than two hundred and fifty civil and military aircraft will be on display at the show. Although these shows aren't as popular as they used to be with the manufacturers, the Paris air show is still the aviation industry's biggest shop window, and over twenty-five countries will be represented.
A notable absentee is the Soviet Union's Topolev 144 supersonic plane, but the Soviets are exhibiting some civil aircraft which they are trying to sell to the west. The Mirage series of jets has been a good money-spinner for the French government. The country's new delta-winged Mirage 4000 will give its first public display during the ten-day show.
West Germany is one of the members of the consortium which is building the European Airbus. The Airbus could pick up extra orders, following concern about the future of the DC-10.
The American F-18 fighter is another model vying for orders in an extremely competitive sphere of the market. French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing will formally open the air show, which is expected to attract more than a million visitors.