Although Aviation Week
pays me to write about this industry, in my heart of hearts, I'm also an aviation geek. I worry greatly that my bosses will find out they're actually paying me for my hobby.
I attended my first Paris Air Show in 1995, and when I wasn't writing, I was watching the skies for the flying displays. That particular year, the Boeing 777 and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor made their debuts at that show, and what a thrill it was. I also got to see an Ilyushin Il-96 with Pratt & Whitney engine. But I digress.
I won't be attending this year's show, but I'll be following it closely. Below are the planes I would have been delighted to see if I was there. Enjoy!!
The Boeing 747-8I
The ATR72 (Photo credit: Aroingstone)
The Bombardier CRJ700 (Photo credit: Benet J. Wilson)
Saab 2000 (Photo credit: Robert Hewson)
X3 (Photo credit: Eurocopter)