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June 21, 2013

The 50th Paris Air Show provided a feast for the eyes of aero-enthusiasts

The 50th Paris Air Show provided a feast for the eyes of aero-enthusiasts

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The 50th edition of the Paris Air Show kicked off with a bang on Monday, but rather than the rumbling of huge jet engines the din came courtesy of thunderstorms and torrential rain. Thankfully the dark skies cleared quickly and despite more bursts of wet weather throughout the week, there has been plenty of blue sky to provide a backdrop for the daily aerial displays. Here's our look at the highlights from Le Bourget airport, both on the ground and in the air.

Much talk has surrounded the smaller than usual US presence at the show and the growing strength of the Russian defense industry. The Russian contingent was led by the Sukhoi Su-35, which put on an amazing display of strength and grace ... think of a gorilla doing ballet and you start to get the picture. The Yakolev YAK-130 and local representative, the Dassault Rafale, also had all eyes turned skyward with impressive demonstrations of fighter jet prowess.

Dassault Rafale (Photo: Noel McKeegan/Gizmag)

The commercial aviation giants of recent times were also on show as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A380 took to the skies. Boeing also announced the third member of the 787 family – the 787-10 – at the show and Airbus raked in orders for its new A350 XWB.

The whispering giant – British Airways Airbus A380 (Photo: Noel McKeegan/Gizmag)

On the ground we had our first close look at the radical AgustaWestland Project Zero and EADS unveiled its vision of future aviation in the form of E-Thrust. The time-traveling DeLorean of Back to the Future fame was even on hand to help us ponder what the future might hold for the aerospace industry.

AgustaWestland Project Zero (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Scroll through our Paris Air Show gallery to see some of the other gems we discovered among the 2,200-odd exhibitors as well as best of the daily flight displays above Le Bourget.

The Paris Air Show runs until June 23.

Official site: www.paris-air-show.com

About the Author
Noel McKeegan After a misspent youth at law school, Noel began to dabble in tech research, writing and things with wheels that go fast. This bus dropped him at the door of a freshly sprouted Gizmag.com in 2002. He has been Gizmag's Editor-in-Chief since 2007.   All articles by Noel McKeegan
3 Comments

Awesome slideshow guys.

Very well done.

Illini_Rob
21st June, 2013 @ 06:33 pm PDT

Yes, nice pics but lack of notes was a bit freustrating as I would have loved to find out more about several of the concepts shown.

mgb
22nd June, 2013 @ 12:16 am PDT

AgustaWestland's electric tilt rotor aircraft looks awesome !!

Nairda
23rd June, 2013 @ 09:08 pm PDT
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