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The 2011 Paris Airshow in pictures

The 2011 Paris Airshow in pict...
Photo highlights from the 49th Paris International Airshow
Photo highlights from the 49th Paris International Airshow
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Yahbon GRN-2 UAV
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Yahbon GRN-2 UAV
Pratt & Whitney PW4000 quarter scale model
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Pratt & Whitney PW4000 quarter scale model
Solar Impulse HB-SIA
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Solar Impulse HB-SIA
Solar Impulse founders Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg discuss the project at the Paris Airshow
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Solar Impulse founders Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg discuss the project at the Paris Airshow
Solar Impulse HB-SIA
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Solar Impulse HB-SIA
Solar Impulse HB-SIA
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Solar Impulse HB-SIA
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Panhard VBL OPEX
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Panhard VBL OPEX
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Spartan C-27J
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Spartan C-27J
Spartan C-27J
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Spartan C-27J
Spartan C-27J
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Spartan C-27J
Eurofighter Typhoon
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Eurofighter Typhoon
Eurofighter Typhoon
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Eurofighter Typhoon
Eurofighter Typhoon
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Eurofighter Typhoon
Dassault Rafale "Le Petit Prince"
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Dassault Rafale "Le Petit Prince"
Dassault Rafale
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Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale "Le Petit Prince"
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Dassault Rafale "Le Petit Prince"
Dassault Rafale
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Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale
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Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale
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Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale
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Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale
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Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale
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Dassault Rafale
Alenia Mk IT 16D election seat
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Alenia Mk IT 16D election seat
Centauro VTOL UAS
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Centauro VTOL UAS
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Big Frog racing plane
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Big Frog racing plane
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Capturing the action at Le Bourget
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Capturing the action at Le Bourget
Eurocopter EC45 T2
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Eurocopter EC45 T2
The ESA pavilion at Le Bourget
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The ESA pavilion at Le Bourget
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F-16 Fighting Falcon
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F-16 Fighting Falcon
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner
CH47F Chinook helicopter
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CH47F Chinook helicopter
C-5M Super Galaxy
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C-5M Super Galaxy
Belly of the beast - Inside the C-5M Super Galaxy heavy lift aircraft
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Belly of the beast - Inside the C-5M Super Galaxy heavy lift aircraft
Static model of A350 Airbus X-WB
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Static model of A350 Airbus X-WB
Airbus A380
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Airbus A380
The Airbus A380 showed off its incredible maneuverability in the tight airspace above Le Bourget (Photo: gizmag.com)
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The Airbus A380 showed off its incredible maneuverability in the tight airspace above Le Bourget (Photo: gizmag.com)
Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Photo: gizmag.com)
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Photo: gizmag.com)
Photo highlights from the 49th Paris International Airshow
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Photo highlights from the 49th Paris International Airshow
Le Bourget from the air (Photo: Salon International de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace, Paris Airshow)
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Le Bourget from the air (Photo: Salon International de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace, Paris Airshow)
Eurocopter X3 (X cube)
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Eurocopter X3 (X cube)
Eurocopter X3 (X cube)
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Eurocopter X3 (X cube)
D-Dalus UAV platform
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D-Dalus UAV platform
Photo highlights from the 49th Paris International Airshow
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Photo highlights from the 49th Paris International Airshow
Thales aircraft vision system
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Thales aircraft vision system
The tiny Thales Spy Arrow UAV
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The tiny Thales Spy Arrow UAV
Dassault Stealth UAV mock up
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Dassault Stealth UAV mock up
SAFRAN SaM146 jet engine
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SAFRAN SaM146 jet engine
China Great Wall Industry Corporation Lunar Explorer
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China Great Wall Industry Corporation Lunar Explorer
Inside the EADS concept plane 3D display
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Inside the EADS concept plane 3D display
Geocopter UAV
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Geocopter UAV
Airbus A400M
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Airbus A400M
Boeing 747-8
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Boeing 747-8
IAI Harop Long-endurance loitering wepons system
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IAI Harop Long-endurance loitering wepons system
IAI ETOP electrical tethered observation platform
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IAI ETOP electrical tethered observation platform
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Over two thousand international exhibitors, 142 aircraft and tens of thousands of visitors gathered at the Le Bourget exhibition center this week for the 49th International Paris Airshow. Despite some grey skies and unwelcome rain, crowds were treated to spectacular daily flying displays and insights into bleeding-edge aerospace technologies that will shape the way we travel around the planet - and beyond - in the 21st Century. Gizmag joined the throng of media organizations soaking up all that the show has to offer - here's our summary of the week in pictures.

The biennial Paris Airshow has a rich history that stretches back to 1909 and highlights of the 49th edition included the appearance of special guest Solar Impulse and Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, plus flying displays by the Airbus A380, Dassault Rafale and the Cri Cri electric plane. On the ground, EADS presented several thought-provoking concepts for future aircraft and innovators in aerospace materials and UAV technology were thick on the ground. Our pic of the show is Austria's D-Dalus - an "outside-the-box" flying machine currently in prototype phase that has the potential to revolutionize the UAV platform, and possibly even find passenger transit roles in the not too distant future.

D-Dalus UAV platform
D-Dalus UAV platform

D-Dalus has advantages over conventional rotary wing aircraft

Solar Impulse HB-SIA
Solar Impulse HB-SIA

Solar Impulse HB-SIA is a special guest at the 49th Paris Airshow

Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale

The Dassault Rafale performed spectacular aerial displays all week in Paris

Le Bourget from the air (Photo: Salon International de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace, Paris Airshow)
Le Bourget from the air (Photo: Salon International de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace, Paris Airshow)

Le Bourget from the airThe Paris Air Show is open to the public until June 26. Check the official site for further details.

Visit our photo gallery for lots more snaps.

Photos: Noel McKeegan / gizmag.com (except "Le Bourget from the air" - credit Paris Airshow)

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