Time was when new aircraft dominated the Salon de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace, to give the Paris air show its formal handle. Public debuts were not lacking from such newcomers as the Antonov An-70, Beriev Be-200, Boeing 717, CASA C-295, Fairchild Aerospace 328JET, Galaxy bizjet, Scaled Composite's bizarre Proteus, and Sikorsky S-92, at the recent 43rd show at Le Bourget. But the unprecedented number of new military upgrade projects demonstrated the explosive growth in this ...

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