I love airplanes. I live in Paris. The Paris Air Show, is one of the biggest aviation festivals in the world. Of course I went. I had hoped to secure a press pass in order to attend the industry only days (several days before the event opens to the general public). My goal was to see the new Boeing 787, 747-800 and maybe snap some shots of the interiors and get some interviews. Despite putting calls in to a variety of people it was not to be.
From central Paris, the easiest way to the site of the air show (Le Bourget) is to take the the RER B. This drops you off at the Le Bourget RER station. From here, the event organizers provided free shuttles from the train station to the field. This is lucky, because the highway linking Paris and Le Bourget was a parking lot and I can’t even imagine the horrors associated with bringing your own vehicle to such a congested event (and paying 12 euro for parking).
I was actually disappointed with the static displays. Most of the information booths were abandoned by early to mid-afternoon, nearly all of the big manufacturer’s information outposts were behind restricted fences and there wasn’t much variety as far the the aircraft on display.
Neither the 787 or the 747-800 were on static display, which was also a disappointment.
However, the aerial performances were top notch. The Airbus A380 demonstration in particular was a standout, as were the routines put together by the pilot’s of both the Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon.
I will shut up now and leave you to the pictures and videos below.
Patrouille de France performance Parts 1-4