This year’s Paris air show has seen an invasion by the big jets on an unprecedented scale, with almost 2,000 tonnes of Airbus and Boeing “jumbo” heavy metal on display.
The Le Bourget museum’s long-serving Boeing 747-100 exhibit has been joined by two of its younger, but larger siblings, a 747-8F and 747-8I passenger variant. Also at the show is Korean Air’s next Airbus A380, which has had to substitute in the flying display after the Airbus test hack was damaged in a ground incident.
Another impressive piece of hardware on display is the US Air Force’s Lockheed C-5M Galaxy airlifter, which has been open at both ends to allow visitors to walk through its huge cargo bay.
The A380 weighs in at 560 tonnes, while the 747-8s have maximum take-off weights of 442 tonnes. The 747-100 is a relative lightweight at 333 tonnes.