Solar Impulse, has arrived in Le Bourget at its second
attempt on Tuesday after three days’ delay, ready for a debut at the biennial
International Paris Air Show. The 1.6-ton solar-powered plane was expected to
land in Paris on Saturday but technical problems and bad weather forced it to
turn back to Brussels.
Piloted by Solar Impulse’s co-founder and chief executive André Borschberg it
took off from the military section of Brussels airport at 5.10am on Tuesday,
taking advantage of a small weather window between rain fronts and landed 14
minutes ahead of schedule at Bourget airport in Paris at 9.16pm. The aircraft
had to circle for several hours before landing because of heavy air traffic
around Charles de Gaulle airport.
At the Paris Air Show it will fly each morning from 20 June.
Source and photo: Solar Impulse
The Biennial International Paris Air Show at Paris-Le Bourget has been the premier and largest worldwide event dedicated to the aviation and space industry for a century. This year for the 49th time from June 20-26, 2011.
– Airbus –
Aircraft on static display will include the A380, an Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ), the Airbus Military A400M and C295. The Airbus A380 and A400M will be on flying displays every day. Some customer aircraft will also be on display – depending on the day.
– Boeing –
The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet, sporting its distinctive “Sunrise” livery, will arrive on June 19, just three months after its first flight, and will be on static display until the evening of June 21. The Boeing 747-8F will arrive on June 20 and will be on display for the following two days.
The 787 flight-test aircraft ZA001, featuring the full Dreamliner livery, will be on static display on June 22 and June 23. Launch customer ANA will receive its first 787 in August or September.
Boeing plans to show off an Air Berlin 737-700 with the new Boeing Sky Interior, a Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR, a C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter an F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet and a CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter to the show.
The show though has scooped the first public appearance and flying display by the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft as its ‘special guest’. Its .appearance at Le Bourget will be the first time the prototype, currently working up to a series of record-breaking flights, will make a public airshow appearance outside home country of Switzerland. The organisers say that the Solar Impulse is planned to make a 10-15min flight every day (bar one), weather conditions permitting.
Eurocopters X3 compound helicopter prototype will take part in the flying display.
A fighter to appear will be the Sino-Pakistani JF-17 – which at Paris this year will take part in the flying display.
Our photo report will be online at this website from June 21.
This Paris Air Show celebrates that 100 years ago the first Salon was held at the Grand Palais in central Paris in 1909.
Find our Photo Report of the 2009 Paris AirShow.