Several new civil and military aircraft will appear in public for the first time at the Paris International Air Show which opens at Le Bourget on Friday (8 June).
Several new civil and military aircraft will appear in public for the first time at the Paris International Air Show which opens at Le Bourget on Friday (8 June). More than six hundred an eighty exhibitors from twenty-five countries will be represented at the show, and over two hundred and fifty civil and military aircraft will be on display either in the air or on the ground. The aim of all exhibitors is to win a share of the big markets that lie ahead through the 1980s -- markets estimated to be worth more than 600 billion U.S. dollars.
SYNOPSIS: At Le Bourget, old success stories and new ideas stand close together ... behind this BAC One-eleven, which sold more than two hundred models, stands the European Space Agency's Ariane. This heavy three-stage launch vehicle is a joint European venture. Its first test launch is scheduled for this year.
Another long-established exhibitor is Britten-Norman. Nine years ago, the Trislander three-engined feeder-line transport prototype was introduced, followed by a successful military version.
The Fairchild Republic A-10A close-support aircraft has become NATO's answer to the Warsaw Pact's task strength. The plane is capable of flying at low speeds and altitudes and its thirty-millimetre seven-barrel cannon can pick out small targets.
Also on show -- the light military aircraft -- Italy's Siai-Marchetti.
An example of South America's growing domestic production is this Argentine Airforce Pucara. The first powered prototype of this series became airborne ten years ago (20 August, 1969). The twin-turboprop, counter-insurgency aircraft was designed to meet Argentine Airforce requirements, and it's been a success ever since.