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In pictures: Paris Air Show 2015

In pictures: Paris Air Show 20...
Gizmag joins the crowds at the 51st Paris International Air Show
Gizmag joins the crowds at the 51st Paris International Air Show
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A Boeing 777-300 ER commanding quite a lot of static display space at Le Bourget
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A Boeing 777-300 ER commanding quite a lot of static display space at Le Bourget
Show-goers could climb aboard this Boeing 787 Dreamliner for a look around the cabin of the 56.7 m long passenger aircraft in Qatar Airways livery
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Show-goers could climb aboard this Boeing 787 Dreamliner for a look around the cabin of the 56.7 m long passenger aircraft in Qatar Airways livery
The huge belly of the Airbus A400M military transporter can accommodate an NH90 helicopter or a VBCI infantry fighting vehicle or 116 troops
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The huge belly of the Airbus A400M military transporter can accommodate an NH90 helicopter or a VBCI infantry fighting vehicle or 116 troops
The interior of the wheeled combat vehicle is not quite as grand as that of the A400M in which it sits
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The interior of the wheeled combat vehicle is not quite as grand as that of the A400M in which it sits
The A400M has a four TP400-D6 powerplant, with each engine rated at 11,000 shp
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The A400M has a four TP400-D6 powerplant, with each engine rated at 11,000 shp
An AH-64D helicopter, otherwise known as an Apache Longbow. The 2 GE T700-GE-701C engines deliver 1,940 shp each and power the helicopter up to a top speed of 160 kt (296 km/h)
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An AH-64D helicopter, otherwise known as an Apache Longbow. The 2 GE T700-GE-701C engines deliver 1,940 shp each and power the helicopter up to a top speed of 160 kt (296 km/h)
The AT-6 Wolverine has a maximum ferry range of 1,725 nautical miles (3.195 km) with four external fuel tanks
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The AT-6 Wolverine has a maximum ferry range of 1,725 nautical miles (3.195 km) with four external fuel tanks
All teeth and turboprop - the AT-6 Wolverine
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All teeth and turboprop - the AT-6 Wolverine
A rear view of Beechcraft's multi-role, multi-mission AT-6 Wolverine at the Paris Air Show
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A rear view of Beechcraft's multi-role, multi-mission AT-6 Wolverine at the Paris Air Show
Visitors to the ATR stand at Le Bourget were offered a VR tour courtesy of an Oculus headset supported by Logitech headphones
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Visitors to the ATR stand at Le Bourget were offered a VR tour courtesy of an Oculus headset supported by Logitech headphones
An ATR-600 series aircraft on display at the Paris Air Show
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An ATR-600 series aircraft on display at the Paris Air Show
DLR's Advanced Technology Research Aircraft - an Airbus A320-232 - is used to investigate, among other things, new comfort and safety concepts in the cabin, and new communications technologies
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DLR's Advanced Technology Research Aircraft - an Airbus A320-232 - is used to investigate, among other things, new comfort and safety concepts in the cabin, and new communications technologies
The Antonov 178 cargo aircraft boasts a practical range of 5,500 km when free of cargo, and 1,000 km with a full load
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The Antonov 178 cargo aircraft boasts a practical range of 5,500 km when free of cargo, and 1,000 km with a full load
Piaggio's Avanti EVO is reported to offer superior climb performance, class-leading fuel economy and a custom-made cabin
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Piaggio's Avanti EVO is reported to offer superior climb performance, class-leading fuel economy and a custom-made cabin
Canadian plane-maker Bombardier launched its C-Series passenger jets at the 2015 Paris International Air Show
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Canadian plane-maker Bombardier launched its C-Series passenger jets at the 2015 Paris International Air Show
A Chinook (CH-47F) from Boeing, with two Honeywell 55-GA-714S engines making 3,750 shp each
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A Chinook (CH-47F) from Boeing, with two Honeywell 55-GA-714S engines making 3,750 shp each
A Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter demonstrator tucked away behind the main static displays at the Paris Air Show
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A Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter demonstrator tucked away behind the main static displays at the Paris Air Show
The X3 reached a level flight speed record of 255 knots (472 km/h) over the south of France 2 years ago
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The X3 reached a level flight speed record of 255 knots (472 km/h) over the south of France 2 years ago
Director of the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget, Catherine Maunoury, shows off her pilot skills in an Extra 330 aerobatic monoplane
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Director of the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget, Catherine Maunoury, shows off her pilot skills in an Extra 330 aerobatic monoplane
A US Air Force F-15E - Strike Eagle - is capable of Mach 2.5+ and has room for a pilot and weapons system officer
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A US Air Force F-15E - Strike Eagle - is capable of Mach 2.5+ and has room for a pilot and weapons system officer
The Falcon 7X business jet, said to be the first certified with a digital flight control system and the most fuel efficient in its class
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The Falcon 7X business jet, said to be the first certified with a digital flight control system and the most fuel efficient in its class
This Diamond DA42 MPP Guardian features two Austro AE300 engines for a maximum cruise speed of 171 kt (317 km/h)
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This Diamond DA42 MPP Guardian features two Austro AE300 engines for a maximum cruise speed of 171 kt (317 km/h)
The new light twin multi-role H135 helicopter from Airbus on Gendarmerie duty at Le Bourget airport
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The new light twin multi-role H135 helicopter from Airbus on Gendarmerie duty at Le Bourget airport
Two Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines power this Airbus H145M armed multi-role light twin helicopter
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Two Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines power this Airbus H145M armed multi-role light twin helicopter
A NH90 Caiman ready for marine operations
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A NH90 Caiman ready for marine operations
The NH90 Caiman combat helicopter
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The NH90 Caiman combat helicopter
The NH90 Caiman is described as a primary weapon system in the defense of a surface fleet
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The NH90 Caiman is described as a primary weapon system in the defense of a surface fleet
The NH90 Caiman in a vertical dive toward Le Bourget
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The NH90 Caiman in a vertical dive toward Le Bourget
Diamond Aircraft's DA42 OPV (Optionally Piloted Vehicle)
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Diamond Aircraft's DA42 OPV (Optionally Piloted Vehicle)
Parrot's minidrone booth at the Paris Air Show proves a popular stop off point for visitors
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Parrot's minidrone booth at the Paris Air Show proves a popular stop off point for visitors
Jumping Sumos and tiny minidrones dance for the assembled crowds
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Jumping Sumos and tiny minidrones dance for the assembled crowds
It was thought that the Philae comet lander was in hibernation, but maybe ESA was just looking in the wrong place - here it is in Paris
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It was thought that the Philae comet lander was in hibernation, but maybe ESA was just looking in the wrong place - here it is in Paris
The Shadow (RQ-7) Tactical Unmanned Aerial System from AAI, with a 14 ft wingspan and powered by a 38 hp rotary engine
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The Shadow (RQ-7) Tactical Unmanned Aerial System from AAI, with a 14 ft wingspan and powered by a 38 hp rotary engine
"See, Sense, Sting" can be seen on the nose of this Textron AirLand Scorpion, making its Paris debut
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"See, Sense, Sting" can be seen on the nose of this Textron AirLand Scorpion, making its Paris debut
Stratasys demonstrates 3D printing technology used for the production of seat end caps, armrest caps, seat framework, wall panels and HVAC air ducts
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Stratasys demonstrates 3D printing technology used for the production of seat end caps, armrest caps, seat framework, wall panels and HVAC air ducts
A TAI/AgustaWestland T129 ATAK tandem two-seat, twin engine attack helicopter features a LHTEC CTS-800 4A powerplant and an operational range of 561 km
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A TAI/AgustaWestland T129 ATAK tandem two-seat, twin engine attack helicopter features a LHTEC CTS-800 4A powerplant and an operational range of 561 km
A new hybrid propulsion system installed in a CFM-Dardo light plane
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A new hybrid propulsion system installed in a CFM-Dardo light plane
A Cessna sporting brand colors for a certain popular carbonated soft drink
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A Cessna sporting brand colors for a certain popular carbonated soft drink
"Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944" is written on the side of this Piper PA-18-125 Super Cub
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"Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944" is written on the side of this Piper PA-18-125 Super Cub
The LH-D tactical UAV from LH Aviation has OPV (Optionally Piloted Vehicle) capability
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The LH-D tactical UAV from LH Aviation has OPV (Optionally Piloted Vehicle) capability
According to Poland's Flaris, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has announced plans to buy several LAR01 four-seat jets
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According to Poland's Flaris, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has announced plans to buy several LAR01 four-seat jets
A Vaylon flying car - a dune buggy sporting a large propeller and a paraglider wing
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A Vaylon flying car - a dune buggy sporting a large propeller and a paraglider wing
The E-Fan electric airplane was at Le Bourget again this year, 2 years after making its first public flight
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The E-Fan electric airplane was at Le Bourget again this year, 2 years after making its first public flight
The 7.62 mm machine gun in the forward sliding window of this H225M Caracal helicopter has Gizmag in its sights
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The 7.62 mm machine gun in the forward sliding window of this H225M Caracal helicopter has Gizmag in its sights
A Fokker DGA Essais en Vol modified by Sabena Technics greets crowds on their way to the Concorde Hall at Le Bourget
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A Fokker DGA Essais en Vol modified by Sabena Technics greets crowds on their way to the Concorde Hall at Le Bourget
Gizmag joins the crowds at the 51st Paris International Air Show
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Gizmag joins the crowds at the 51st Paris International Air Show
Show highlights are not only found in the halls and static display, the museum has its interesting aircraft, too, such as this Leduc 022
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Show highlights are not only found in the halls and static display, the museum has its interesting aircraft, too, such as this Leduc 022
The CubCrafters Carbon Cub EX arrives in Europe
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The CubCrafters Carbon Cub EX arrives in Europe
There were a number of flight simulation and ground control modules on display at the Paris Air Show
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There were a number of flight simulation and ground control modules on display at the Paris Air Show
The Airbus A400M's vertical climb shortly after takeoff
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The Airbus A400M's vertical climb shortly after takeoff
For such a behemoth, the A400M is surprisingly nimble in the air
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For such a behemoth, the A400M is surprisingly nimble in the air
Airbus says that the A400M is the only airlifter capable of delivering large helicopters, heavy armored vehicles, excavators or logistic trucks onto an unpaved airstrip or in the theater of operations
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Airbus says that the A400M is the only airlifter capable of delivering large helicopters, heavy armored vehicles, excavators or logistic trucks onto an unpaved airstrip or in the theater of operations
The Airbus A400M has a maximum range of 4,800 nautical miles (8,900 km)
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The Airbus A400M has a maximum range of 4,800 nautical miles (8,900 km)
Despite a rather gloomy day at Le Bourget, Bombadier has high hopes for its new CS300 commercial jet
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Despite a rather gloomy day at Le Bourget, Bombadier has high hopes for its new CS300 commercial jet
The CS300 from Bombardier takes to the air over Le Bourget
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The CS300 from Bombardier takes to the air over Le Bourget
A Dassault Rafale against a gloomy gray Le Bourget sky
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A Dassault Rafale against a gloomy gray Le Bourget sky
The Dassault Rafale has a wingspan of 10.9 m, is 15.3 m long and 5.30 m high, and is capable of Mach 1.8
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The Dassault Rafale has a wingspan of 10.9 m, is 15.3 m long and 5.30 m high, and is capable of Mach 1.8
Leaving its mark in the French sky, the fast and ferocious Dassault Rafale delta wing multirole fighter
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Leaving its mark in the French sky, the fast and ferocious Dassault Rafale delta wing multirole fighter
The top of the line Falcon 8X is powered by three Pratt and Whitney PW307D engines
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The top of the line Falcon 8X is powered by three Pratt and Whitney PW307D engines
The Falcon 8X is offered in a choice of 30 cabin configurations
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The Falcon 8X is offered in a choice of 30 cabin configurations
The NH90 is 19.56 m long, has a fuselage width of 3.63 m and is 4.2 m in height
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The NH90 is 19.56 m long, has a fuselage width of 3.63 m and is 4.2 m in height
Mission equipment for the NH90 can include tactical 360 degree radar, dipping sonar, tactical FLIR and single or dual mission consoles
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Mission equipment for the NH90 can include tactical 360 degree radar, dipping sonar, tactical FLIR and single or dual mission consoles
Airbus displayed a full scale mock up of the upcoming all-electric E-Fan 2.0 pilot trainer at the Paris Air Show
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Airbus displayed a full scale mock up of the upcoming all-electric E-Fan 2.0 pilot trainer at the Paris Air Show
Malloy Aeronautics has revealed that a version of its quad-rotor Hoverbike is being developed for the US Department of Defense
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Malloy Aeronautics has revealed that a version of its quad-rotor Hoverbike is being developed for the US Department of Defense
Designed to reach Mach 2.5, the Leduc 022 never realized its potential and the project was canceled in late 1957
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Designed to reach Mach 2.5, the Leduc 022 never realized its potential and the project was canceled in late 1957
An Airbus A380 passenger jet flying by the Press Center on a cloudy day at the Paris Air Show
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An Airbus A380 passenger jet flying by the Press Center on a cloudy day at the Paris Air Show
The four-engine A380 is said to be the world's largest passenger airliner
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The four-engine A380 is said to be the world's largest passenger airliner
The fuselage and wing structures of the Airbus A350 XWB are made, for the most part, using carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer
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The fuselage and wing structures of the Airbus A350 XWB are made, for the most part, using carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer
The H160 helicopter took to the air for the first time just before the doors opened to the 51st Paris Air Show
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The H160 helicopter took to the air for the first time just before the doors opened to the 51st Paris Air Show
A new hybrid propulsion system has been designed by Ashot Ashkelon, Efesto and CFM Air as an add-on kit for Rotax engines
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A new hybrid propulsion system has been designed by Ashot Ashkelon, Efesto and CFM Air as an add-on kit for Rotax engines

The 51st edition of the Paris Air Show got off to a rather gloomy start, with a gray sky threatening to spoil all the static and in-the-air fun. Thankfully, the rain never appeared and Gizmag joined spirited show-goers for a gawk at some splendid show spectacles.

Though Canada's Bombardier CS300 airliner certainly brightened up the heavy skies above Le Bourget on Monday, it was Boeing and Airbus that dominated the headlines and the show. Both companies secured multi-billion dollar deals by the time trading ended, with Reuters reporting that a last-minute deal put the locals ahead by almost US$7 billion.

Despite a rather gloomy day at Le Bourget, Bombadier has high hopes for its new CS300 commercial jet
Despite a rather gloomy day at Le Bourget, Bombadier has high hopes for its new CS300 commercial jet

Malloy Aeronautics announced the next chapter in the development of its four-rotor Hoverbike, with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford revealing a new partnership with Survice Engineering at the Maryland booth. Chris Malloy's firm will now open a US office and develop the vehicle as a Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle for the US Department of Defense.

Dassault's mighty Rafale fighter jet again dominated the air, but it wasn't quite as entertaining as the aerobatics of the Director of the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace, Catherine Maunoury, flying an Extra 330 monoplane.

Director of the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget, Catherine Maunoury, shows off her pilot skills in an Extra 330 aerobatic monoplane
Director of the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget, Catherine Maunoury, shows off her pilot skills in an Extra 330 aerobatic monoplane

Other show highlights included a short, virtually silent, flight from the E-Fan electric demonstrator, the near vertical climb of the monstrous Airbus A400M military transporter and the forward, backward, up and down antics of the NH90 Caiman combat helicopter.

The Paris Air Show runs until June 21, but if you can't make it to Le Bourget airport in person, have a wander through our show gallery for some tasty treats on the ground and in the air.

Source: Paris Air Show

The 51st edition of the Paris Air Show got off to a rather gloomy start, with a gray sky threatening to spoil all the static and in-the-air fun. Thankfully, the rain never appeared and Gizmag joined spirited show-goers for a gawk at some splendid show spectacles.

Though Canada's Bombardier CS300 airliner certainly brightened up the heavy skies above Le Bourget on Monday, it was Boeing and Airbus that dominated the headlines and the show. Both companies secured multi-billion dollar deals by the time trading ended, with Reuters reporting that a last-minute deal put the locals ahead by almost US$7 billion.

Despite a rather gloomy day at Le Bourget, Bombadier has high hopes for its new CS300 commercial jet
Despite a rather gloomy day at Le Bourget, Bombadier has high hopes for its new CS300 commercial jet

Malloy Aeronautics announced the next chapter in the development of its four-rotor Hoverbike, with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford revealing a new partnership with Survice Engineering at the Maryland booth. Chris Malloy's firm will now open a US office and develop the vehicle as a Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle for the US Department of Defense.

Dassault's mighty Rafale fighter jet again dominated the air, but it wasn't quite as entertaining as the aerobatics of the Director of the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace, Catherine Maunoury, flying an Extra 330 monoplane.

Director of the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget, Catherine Maunoury, shows off her pilot skills in an Extra 330 aerobatic monoplane
Director of the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget, Catherine Maunoury, shows off her pilot skills in an Extra 330 aerobatic monoplane

Other show highlights included a short, virtually silent, flight from the E-Fan electric demonstrator, the near vertical climb of the monstrous Airbus A400M military transporter and the forward, backward, up and down antics of the NH90 Caiman combat helicopter.

The Paris Air Show runs until June 21, but if you can't make it to Le Bourget airport in person, have a wander through our show gallery for some tasty treats on the ground and in the air.

Source: Paris Air Show

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