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Salon du Bourget 2009

In 2009, the The 48th International Paris Air Show – Le Bourget existed 100 years. In 1909 the first airshow was held at Le Bourget, in 2009 it was held between 15th and 21st of June. Le Bourget is a businessjet airfield in the north of Paris, just south of the main airfield ‘Charles de Gaulle/Roissy’. It houses the air museum ‘Musee de l’Air’, nut is is know for it’s bi-yearly Salon de Bourget.

This year, there were not so many new items on the show. Most news came from existing aircraft and helicopters. The dynamic show was filled with aircraft that flew already in the previous years (F-16, F-18, C-27, Rafale, Airbus A380, Tigre etc.). The main attraction, the F-22 Raptor, was cancelled a few weeks before the show. A new items was the rebuild Gulfstream Aerospace G-V-SP G550 of the Israel Air Force, which was completely refurbished interior and exterior. Another new visitor was the Royal Air Force Sentinel. Most sales was done by companies selling civil aircraft at Le Bourget. Hardly any military sales were announced in Paris in 2009. On the first day, heavy rain spoiled most of the day. In the afternoon, the weather improved (it stopped raining) and the airshow gave the chance for aircraft with vapor-trails, due to the humid air. On Saturday, the weather was better, cloudy but no rain.

All photo's:
G.J.A. van Boven
H.P.A.M van Eupen
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