ONCE again we have to report on the Paris air show, the Salon International de l'Aeronautique held at Le Bourget in alternate years. As the years go by it is the international aspect which seems to be more and more stressed. This time American participation was on a massive scale, and there were exhibits from practically every country in Western Europe, and a number from the East. It was this which somewhat overshadowed the not inconsiderable British participation, which must in fact have been on a scale as great if not greater than in previous years. We in this country are also at a disadvantage in that we produce relatively few light aircraft which might appeal to the private buyer, as a result largely of our geography, which is too compact to encourage private aviation. The large scale American participation is made possible by the presence of U.S.A.F. units in Europe. All the American aircraft shown were either already based in, or on visits to, Europe, or were exhibited by French agencies.
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