Paris Air Show 2017

  • The 52nd edition of the Paris Air Show has taken over Le Bourget Airport in Paris this week. Before the show opens to the public on Friday, let's take a look at what trade and media visitors have been treated to so far – both in the sky and on the ground.
  • The 2017 Paris Air Show has witnessed another unveiling as Textron Systems Unmanned Systems' Nightwarden Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) made its international debut at the Paris-Le Bourget Airport.
  • ​It's not the first time the F-35 Lightning II has appeared at an air show, but it is the first time it has wowed crowds with a full aerobatic display. An F-35A showed the public what it could do at the 2017 Paris Air Show on Monday, in the aircraft's aerial demonstration debut.
  • ​If you want a helicopter to be faster in forward flight, why not just give it some wings and a set of props? That was the thinking behind the Eurocopter X3 demonstrator aircraft. Airbus is building on that concept, in the form of the Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft – or Racer, for short.
  • At the Paris Air Show, Neva Aerospace will be presenting a new concept for a personal VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft. Known as AirQuadOne, plans call for the fully-electric vehicle to be able to reach a maximum altitude of 3,000 ft (914 m) and travel at up to 80 km/h (50 mph).
  • Defense company Kratos has announced that it will show two low-cost combat drones at the Paris Air Show next week, offering an insight as to what military conflicts might look like in the foreseeable future – a manned combat jet leading dozens of 1,000 km/h lethally-armed unmanned companions.
  • The SkEye Wide-Area Persistent Surveillance system offers a billion-pixel coverage of an 80 sq km area. Already operated by the military of several countries, SkEye enables many users to investigate areas of interest by zooming in and going back-in-time, all in real-time.
  • Raytheon will use the 2017 Paris Air Show to showcase the technologies it is developing to provide defenses and countermeasures in the new battleground of cyberspace.
  • The Boeing 737 MAX 9 only took to the skies for the first time in April, weeks after its public unveiling in Renton, Washington, and now the stretched version of the MAX 8 passenger plane is off to the Paris Air Show where a MAX 9 flight test aircraft will take part in an air display.