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Planes of Tomorrow (and Today) at 49th Paris Air Show
The world's biggest plane manufacturers converge on Paris this week for the 49th annual Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport -- where they showed off the newest, fastest and biggest planes from around the world.

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Wednesday June 22: A Eurofighter Typhoon performs a demonstration flight, on the third day of the Paris Air Show, at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris.

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June 22: A Rafale jet fighter performs a demonstration flight at the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, east of Paris.

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June 22: A Rafale jet fighter performs a demonstration flight at the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, east of Paris.

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June 22: The Eurocopter X3 Hybrid helicopter performs its demonstration flight at the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, east of Paris.

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June 22: Visitors take a look at the General Electric GEnx jet engine which will provide power for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, during the Paris Air Show, at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris.

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June 21: A French Rafale-2 jet fighter performs during a demonstration flight at the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, east of Paris.

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June 21: The Beriev - Be-200 multipurpose amphibious aircraft performs its demonstration flight, dropping his freight of water, at the Paris Air Show, at le Bourget airport, north of Paris.

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June 21: U.S. actor John Travolta appears in the cockpit of a Lockheed Super Constellation at the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, east of Paris.

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June 21: Visitors in front of the US Air Force Galaxy at the Paris Air Show, at le Bourget airport, north of Paris.  Along with 150 aircraft display, many of them taking part in the daily flight display, over 2,100 exhibitors from 50 countries are taking part in the exhibition.

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June 20: An aerial view of the Airbus A380 of Korean Airlines, at left, with other aircrafts on the first day of the 49th Paris Air Show at le Bourget airport, east of Paris.

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June 20: A Lockheed Martin F16 Fighting Falcon performs its demonstration flight, on the first day of the Paris air show, at Le Bourget airport.

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June 20: A Lockheed Martin F16 Fighting Falcon performs its demonstration flight, on the first day of the Paris air show, at Le Bourget airport.

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June 20: France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, right, shakes hands with the pilot of an Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter during the opening of the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, east of Paris.

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June 20: View of Israeli-made drones presented at the Israeli pavilion, on the first day of the Paris air show, at Le Bourget airport.  In the foreground, the Etop, an electrical powered airborne platform.

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June 19: A worker makes final preparations for a display of the GEnx engine by General Electric, at Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, east of Paris.

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June 14: Pilot and CEO of Solar Impuls, Andre Borschberg, smiles after the Swiss solar powered aeoplane landed at le Bourget, airport, near Paris, where it will be exhibited at the Paris Air Show.

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June 14: Crew members guide the Swiss solar powered aeroplane, Solar Impuls, to its final destination after landing at le Bourget, airport, near Paris, where it will be exhibited at the Paris Air Show.

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June 11: The experimental aircraft 'Solar Impulse' takes off from Brussels International Airport heading towards Le Bourget airport in France, for the annual Paris Air Show.

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June 11: Pilot Andre Borschberg sits in the cockpit of experimental aircraft 'Solar Impulse' moments before he takes off from Brussels International Airport heading towards Le Bourget airport in France, for the annual Paris Air Show.

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June 14: Crew members guide the Swiss solar powered aeroplane, Solar Impuls, to its final destination after landing at le Bourget, airport, near Paris, where it will be exhibited at the Paris Air Show.

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June 11: The experimental aircraft 'Solar Impulse' takes off from Brussels International Airport heading towards Le Bourget airport in France, for the annual Paris Air Show.

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June 11: Pilot Andre Borschberg sits in the cockpit of experimental aircraft 'Solar Impulse' moments before he takes off from Brussels International Airport heading towards Le Bourget airport in France, for the annual Paris Air Show.

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Planes of Tomorrow (and Today) at 49th Paris Air Show

The world's biggest plane manufacturers converge on Paris this week for the 49th annual Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport -- where they showed off the newest, fastest and biggest planes from around the world.

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