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Photos: Wings of desire in Berlin

The Berlin Air Show is where military and civilian airplane shoppers can see everything from drones to Airbuses.

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Berlin Air Show

The Berlin Air Show ILA2006 is putting more than 340 aircraft, from drones and gliders to jumbo transports and bombers, on display at the Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport. More than 1,000 exhibitors from 42 countries are expected to show off the latest developments in aerospace technology at the event, which runs from May 16-21.

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Airbus 380

One of the highlights of the show was the arrival of the Airbus 380, making its first appearance in Germany. The A380 will be able to carry up to 853 passengers. Airbus has currently has 159 orders from 16 customers with the first delivery expected to take place before the end of the year.

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inspection

Military staffers inspect a fighter model. Billions of dollars are spent annually on military aircraft.

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Boeing B-1B Lancer

Want to buy a bomber? The Boeing B-1B Lancer, a supersonic, intercontinental, swing-wing bomber, is capable of supersonic flight at low altitudes.

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MiG-29

Making its first appearance outside Russia is the MiG-29OVT. This jet fighter is said to be the first with 3D vectored thrust, a design intended to enhance maneuverability.

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Swiss Air Force

Planes from the Swiss Air Force, or "Patrouille Suisse," fly over the Berlin Air Show. Capt. Daniel Siegenthaler leads a force of six F-5 Tigers.

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Global Hawk

Northrop Grumman's newest RQ-4A Global Hawk is a pilotless surveillance aircraft that can remain in the air for up to 35 hours.

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Barracuda

A new drone that just took its first successful test flight a week ago is on display in Berlin--EADS's Barracuda.

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Typhoon Eurofighter

The Typhoon Eurofighter is one of the most modern combat aircraft in the world. It's a close air fighter with surface attack capability.

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flight similator

Franz Josef Jung from Germany's Federal Ministry of Defense considers trying out a flight simulator of the Eurofighter Typhoon.

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Grob Spn

Making its debut at the air show is Grob's SPn Utility Jet, the first modern business jet to be manufactured in Germany.

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Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD

The Russian Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD is making its international debut at the Berlin Air Show. It has a capacity of 76 tons and was used to bring helicopters to the air show.

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Boeing Globemaster

The Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport plane returns to Germany to commemorate the Berlin Airlift during the Cold War. This is the United States' most up-to-date long-range jet transport that can land on temporary landing strips.

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Pilatus PC-21

The Pilatus PC-21 is used for professional pilot instruction.

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Powered Glider

The Stemme S10-VT is a powered glider.

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Wilga-35

Sport aircraft are also on display. This is a PZL Wilga-35.

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Messerschmidt

Historical planes at the Berlin show include this Messerschmidt model.

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