The Paris Air Show wasn't just Boeing and Airbus, there were plenty of other aviation companies at Le Bourget Airport eager to show their aircraft. Military and commercial airplanes and helicopters were on display along with radical new aircraft designs and a few old favorites.
First up is the Mitsubishi Regional Jet or MRJ. An attempt by Japan to gain a foothold in the regional airliner industry, the MRJ made its first flight last November.
Mitsubishi's regional jet rivals are Bombardier (based in Canada) and Embraer (based in Brazil). The aircraft will come in two versions: The MRJ70 will seat between 69 to 80 passengers and the MRJ90 will fit 81 to 92 passengers.
Parked nearby was a Sukhoi Superjet 100 in the attractive livery of Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet. Made by a subsidiary of the Russia-based United Aircraft Corporation, the Superjet first flew in 2008 and entered service in 2011. Made mostly for short to medium-range routes, it seats between 87 and 108 passengers.
Boeing's Chinook helicopter was right next door. The twin-rotor copter is mainly used for troop movements, supply, missions and disaster relief. A ramp in the back allows for the loading of heavy cargo.
Also located at Le Bourget is the Musée de l'air et de l'espace or the Museum of Air and Space, which displays a wide variety of historic aircraft including two Concorde supersonic airliners. The Concorde on the left (registration F-WTSS) was the first Concorde built and the first one to fly on March 2, 1969. It remained a prototype and testing aircraft and never flew passengers. The Concorde on the right (registration F-BTSD) flew with Air France between 1978 and 2003.