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Photos: The future of flight

At the 46th Paris Air Show, visitors get a glimpse of tomorrow's aircraft.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor
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Neuron

At the 46th Paris Air Show, taking place June 13-19, visitors get a glimpse of the futuristic "Neuron" aircraft. The unmanned combat vehicle is a project led by Dassault Aviation.

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Neuron aircraft

A side view of the Neuron unmanned aircraft.

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Unstaffed combat vehicles

Other unmanned combat vehicles at the air show draw the attention of military staff. The show, held every two years, is taking place at Le Bourget, an airport on the outskirts of Paris.

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Solar Impulse project

Members of the Solar Impulse project show off a scale model of their planned aircraft. Their goal: to fly around the world with the solar-powered vehicle. Left to right: Luiggino Torrigiani, director of marketing; Andre Borschberg, CEO; Bertrand Piccard, founder and president; and Brian Jones, head of the sustainable development program.

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Airbus A380

One of the stars of the show is the new superjumbo Airbus A380, which is designed to hold up to 800 people.

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A380 cockpit

The cockpit of the A380, with pilot Jacques Rosay. The aircraft flew for the first time in April.

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A380 cabin

The A380's cabin, showing the engineer's desk.

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14 bis

Not all the designs at the show are new. This is a replica of one of the earliest aircraft, Albert Santos-Dumont's 14 bis model, which flew in 1906.

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