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PARIS AIR SHOWS   /   LE BOURGET, FRANCE

Aerial view of Paris Air Show featuring planes and crowds.
Aerial view of Le Bourget Airport.
Photo: www.ernoult.com
NASA logo. Sikorsky logo. Wyman-Gordon logo. Raytheon logo. FAA logo. Scaled Composites logo.
Responsible for the concept, design development, working drawings, specifications, coordination and supervision on site of participating Exhibits for a variety of clients at the biennial Paris Air Show.  Also included on-site reception “Chalets” with conference areas for client entertaining, business meetings, seminars and press conferences.
All PAS exhibits were designed in the US and fabricated in Europe.  In 1973 a joint venture exhibit for FAA / Raytheon was prepared for the Moscow International Exhibition. Unfortunately, photography was prohibited and is not included.
Burt Rutan's Proteus plane on a runway.
Burt Rutan’s PROTEUS after a daily flight
demonstration at the 1999 Paris Air Show.
Scaled Composites was a division of Wyman-Gordon specializing in developing composite materials for aircraft.
scroll below to view a synopsis of each exhibit / click on all drawings and sketches to enlarge

1999
Joint participation by Wyman Gordon / Scaled Composites to promote the PROTEUS aircraft and their advances in composite materials.
The Proteus plane on the runway, from underneath. Burt Rutan shaking hands with a journalist.
Burt Rutan meets the press.
This was Wyman-Gordon’s initial experience of displaying and demonstrating an aircraft at the Paris Air Show.  Daily flights of the PROTEUS and the presence of designer Burt Rutan were a highlight of the show. Scaled Composites' expertise in composite materials for the aircraft industry were featured in the exhibit along with W-Gs’ latest advances in turbine technology. The exhibit site combined exhibit and reception spaces for client meetings, entertaining and press conferences.
Hanging display of jet engine component parts hanging in an exploded view.
The 2000 sf exhibit in the International Exhibits Hall displaying composites + forgings.
Bill Cannan pictured standing next to the Proteus plane.
The all-composite PROTEUS on the flight line.
Bill Cannan's Paris Air Show / Wyman Gordon identification badge.
Air Show Badge
Proteus Exhibit Guide Book.
Folios for all WG personnel provided information regarding site location, product data, and general information about the PAS. One section also included recommendations for Paris hotels, restaurant and points of interest.
Drawing of the exhibit plan from above.
The linear configuration of the space incorporated product display and graphics, reception area, food and beverage service and 4 semi-private meeting rooms.
Drawing of the display of hanging jet engine components.
Elevation of exhibit structure with suspended composites, turbine discs and landing gear forging. Four freestanding plyons displayed graphics, charts and statistical data.

WYMAN-GORDON
CHALETS / 1985 - 1987 - 1989 - 1995
Wyman Gordon chalet in 1987.
In 1985, WYMAN-GORDON expanded their exhibition participation to include a CHALET on the flight-line at Le Bourget. Opting for a double unit this provided ample space for a reception area for client meetings and entertaining. It also provided a prime viewing area of the runway and flying demonstrations.
Wyman Gordon chalet and bar in 1985. Group of people meeting in the chalet. Two men meeting sitting in front of the ivy wall.
A typical day at the Chalet's
Bar / Buffet reception area.
Impromptu meetings were common.
United States and Wyman-Gordon flags on a flagpole outside.
The observation deck offered prime viewing.
People standing near the chalet reception desk. People seated at tables outside near the airstrip beneath large umbrellas.
A circular Bar / Buffet variation with ivy wall.
Garden area offered guests
a sit-down dining option.
The CHALET Design Concept
Top view of 1985 chalet model.
A presentation model of the Chalet
showing Kitchen, Restroom, Bar / Buffet, Reception area, Outdoor viewing Deck and Garden Patio.
Floor diagram of chalet plan.
Planning of the Chalet met all rules regarding capacity and safety regulations imposed by the Paris Air Show authorities. The outdoor patio and garden provided a prime viewing area.
The signtature ivy wall inside a chalet.
Sketch showing ivy covered walls throughout the Chalet.
Their installation was instrumental in improving air quality and temperature within the double Chalet. A total of 600 potted ivy plants were needed to create the wall.
Chalet colors scheme.  
	Biege, burgundy, and ochre colors in rectangles.
Colors scheme for Bar/Buffet, Carpeting and Walls. Suspended ceiling fabric was white linen with linear lighting behind.
Large sketch of ivy wall inside 1985 chalet.
Reception area walls are lined with ivy planters. Other than providing ambiance, they dramatically improved air quality in a confined space. The ivy wall became a featured element in all future Wyman-Gordon Chalets and Exhibits.
Reception area inside 1999 chalet.
Other variations of the reception area adhered to the original design motif and colors.
Drawing of the South wall of a chalet, including the ivy wall.
A two story Chalet configuration was used in 1995. The same design motif was used with a proposed mirror wall reflecting the opposite ivy wall. The elevated outdoor deck provided excellent viewing of the show.
Drawing of the North wall of a chalet.
WYMAN-GORDON
EXHIBITS / 1977 - 1981 - 1985 - 1991 - 1995 - 1997 - 1999
Wyman Gordon logo.
Wyman-Gordon participated in their first Paris Air Show in 1977. Over the next twenty years a variety of exhibits were designed to supplement the Chalet experience. These ranged in size from 500 square feet to 2000 square feet.
1977
Wyman-Gordon’s initial exhibit at the Paris Air Show.  A steel structure supported over 75 forged products showing their full range of capabilities and experience.
Aircraft forgings displayed upright.
End view of steel structure with suspended Airframes and Turbines.
Wyman-Gordon’s choice to participate with a compilation of large forgings led to a concept of suspending them to create a “factory” atmosphere.
It presented the product at eye level for the exhibitors and visitors benefit. A total of 75 forgings weighing over 35,000 pounds made an impression on most visitors, particularly those from the USSR with their cameras and measuring tapes.
Sketch of the layout of the exhibit.
Original concept sketch on flight following 1st meeting at WG plant.
Overhead view of castings.
Overhead view of concept model.
Scale model of the exhibit layout.
End view of concepts scale model.
(foamcore, paper & acrylic).
Hanging display of F-16 bulkheads and helicopter rotor hubs.
Turbine array with bulkheads for F-16
and helicopter rotor hubs.
Wide view of the hanging castings display.
View showing scale of structure and products.
All 12 inch square "I" beams shipped from Italy.
"In the area of metal forming, the winning cup in uncontestably Wyman-Gordon's."       AIR & COSMOS Magazine