2013 Paris Air Show

June 15, 2013 @ 1:01 am
posted by Leo Sheridan
Air show team

“La patrouille de France”

It’s time to break out those Bausch & Lomb Aviators between the 17th and 23rd of June and head to Le Bourget for the 50th anniversary Paris Air Show.  Since its first show at the Grand Palais in September 1909, hundreds of thousands have seen the latest and greatest the aviation world has to offer.  As always the show will be a showcase for both military and commercial companies in their quest for success in this highly competitive industry.

The show moved from the Grand Palais to Le Bourget in 1953, the sight of many historic events in its own right – most notably, the landing site of Charles Lindbergh’s historic solo transatlantic crossing in 1927. In the years since the move, the public has seen both triumph and tragedy.

In 1969 the first supersonic commercial airliner “Concorde” was presented to the world along with the jumbo Boeing 747. In 1973 Airbus displayed the A300 celebrating the Franco-German collaboration.  It was that same year that tragedy struck when a Tupolev Tu-144 crashed destroying 15 houses, killing 14 people and injuring 60 others.

In 1989 at the “38th Paris International Air and Space Show” or “1989 Paris Air Show”, the Soviet space shuttle and its transport made an appearance.  However the show will be most remembered for the spectacular crash of a MiG 29.  After a bird strike, the pilot Anatoli Kvochur managed to avoid a repeat of 1973 ejecting at just 400 feet resulting in no loss of life.


Sukhoi Su-35 fighter

This year is fully booked and looks to be as popular as the record-breaking 2011 show, when 151,000 visitors attended.  On the military side the Russians are coming with the Su-35.  With the U.S. F-35 and F-22A both absent, the Soviet plane will “dominate the skies.”

The hometown Airbus will display its new A350XWB to the commercial industry.  Boeing will bring the 787 Dreamliner, hoping to show that its problems are over.

“Pilot? What pilot?”  There will even be unmanned vehicles from Dassault and BAE Systems. Open to the public June 21 – 23, the show will be visitor friendly with free Wi-Fi and an airshow map app to help you find what you are looking for.  Getting there will be aided by a dedicated radio station for drivers giving traffic conditions.  So put on your flight jacket and enjoy the world of aviation for the weekend.


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