In 1987 I attended my first and only Paris Air Show as an unpaid translator for United Press International. In my day job I covered the Pentagon, but I knew some French and my wife worked on the UPI foreign desk, so we had a nice busman’s holiday in the City of Light. The aerospace fair at historic Le Bourget Airport that year occurred in a world very different from the one we occupy today. Thirty years ago, at what was arguably the last time that the international aerospace ...

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