It was 10 years since my last visit to the Paris Air Salon. And though the weather was not that good, and though many aircraft already had left, it nevertheless was an interesting collection of aircraft.
More experimentals, especially electric, and for the first time I logged drones with markings. Which makes me wonder what a future aircraft spotter want to take notes of…
EADS E Fan
A handsome small all-electric concept plane whose first flight is scheduled for the end of 2013 (note: actually 11 March 2014 F-WILE). F-WATT is a mock-up.
F-WATT at Le Bourget 20130622
More information at the EADS website.
With 472 km/hr reached on 7 June 2013, X3 is the fastest helicopter on earth. It first flew on 6 September 2010.
F-ZXXX at Le Bourget 20130622
More information at the Wikipedia X3 page.
Piaggio P.1HH HammerHead UAS
Clearly based on the succesful P.180 Avanti, the Hammerhead is an UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) for reconnaissance and surveillance missions. It first flew remotely controlled on 12 June 2013.
HammerHead at Le Bourget 20130622
More information at the Piaggio HammerHead page.
The nEUROn is an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) for which development was launched in 2003. It first flew on 1 December 2012.
F-ZWLO at Le Bourget 20130622
More information at the Dassault nEUROn page.
The Ka-52 Alligator clearly demonstrated its versatile flying capabilities due to its coaxial rotor system. It is a two-seat combat helicopter, based upon the Ka-50. First flight was in 1997, and production started in 2008. The Russian Army and Navy have ordered over 140.
066 Yellow at Le Bourget 20130622
More information at the Russian Helicopters page.