Paris Air Show

The Paris Air Show is one of the preeminent air shows in the world. It is held every two years at the historic Le Bourget Airport. The air show attracts the leading commercial and defense aviation companies from around the world. Air forces across the globe send officers to discover the cutting edge technologies in the aviation industry.

General Atomics to Launch Training Academy for Drone Pilots in 2016

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PARIS -- Drone maker General Atomics plans to open a training academy in the U.S. early next year for drone pilots from allied countries, a company official said. The San Diego-based maker of the popular Predator-series unmanned aircraft plans to announce the move in coming weeks. It is designed in part to relieve a training bottleneck ... more

US Submarine Hunter Grabs Spotlight at Paris Air Show

The P-8 Poseidon on display here at the Paris Air Show has 28 submarine decals on its side to show how many foreign submarines Patrol Squadron 5 has found and identified. ( Hoffman)

PARIS -- Submarine-hunting aircraft don't typically get the kind of attention that the U.S. Navy's P-8 Poseidon has received at this year's Paris Air Show. The P-8, built by Boeing Co., doesn't necessarily stand out on the flight line here at Le Bourget airport compared to some of the more exotic combat aircraft on display. Navy Lt. Cmd... more

US Allies Happy to Have A-10 Warthogs Back in Europe, Airmen Say

An A-10 Warthog with the 355th Fighter Wing is on display at the Paris Air Show as the unit is on a six-month deployment to Europe as a theater security package. Michael Hoffman/

PARIS -- U.S. allies are happy to have the A-10 Warthog attack aircraft back in Europe to counter a resurgent Russia, airmen here at the Paris Air Show said. The Defense Department brought the Cold War-era tank busters stateside in 2013 as part of a consolidation of bases and equipment in Europe. But it sent them back to the continent as pa... more

Russia Mulls Maintenance Work for Military Planes Amid Recent Crashes

Sukhoi Su-34 (Vitaly V. Kuzmin)

PARIS -- Russian defense giant United Aircraft Corp. is in talks with the country's defense ministry to provide more maintenance work to military aircraft after a spate of recent crashes. The president of the Moscow-based company, Yuri Slyusar, said the agreement would involve providing full life cycle support for various military p... more

Secretary Says Air Force Could Send F-22s to Europe to Counter Russia


LE BOURGET, France -- Air Force Secretary Deborah James said the U.S. could deploy a squadron of F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Europe in response to the stepped-up aggression by Russia in the region. She listed Russia as the "biggest threat on my mind" when she was asked by a reporter at the Paris Air Show to list the greatest threat fac... more

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