How to Steal The Paris Air Show

The Soviets sizzle and the U.S. fizzles at Le Bourget

Every two years the world's aircraft and aerospace industry vies for sales and prestige at the Paris Air Show, which doubles as an elaborate platform for national pride. This year a record 1,465 exhibitors from 31 countries poured $300 million into the displays for 350,000 visitors that filled the exhibition halls along the flight line at Paris' Le Bourget Airport. But what struck many in attendance, including Senior Correspondent Edwin M. Reingold, was the lackluster U.S. showing, especially in contrast with a vibrant Soviet effort. Reingold's report:

Among the first sights greeting visitors to Le Bourget was the gleaming red- ;...

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