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 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.
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Joint participation by Wyman Gordon / Scaled Composites to promote the PROTEUS aircraft and their advances in composite materials.
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.
The 2000 sf exhibit in the International Exhibits Hall displaying composites + forgings.
The all-composite PROTEUS on the flight line.
Air Show Badge
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.
The linear configuration of the space incorporated product display and graphics, reception area, food and beverage service and 4 semi-private meeting rooms.
Elevation of exhibit structure with suspended composites, turbine discs and landing gear forging. Four freestanding plyons displayed graphics, charts and statistical data.
CHALETS / 1985 - 1987 - 1989 - 1995
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.
A typical day at the Chalet's Bar / Buffet reception area.
Impromptu meetings were common.
The observation deck offered prime viewing.
A circular Bar / Buffet variation with ivy wall.
Garden area offered guests a sit-down dining option.
The CHALET Design Concept
A presentation model of the Chalet showing Kitchen, Restroom, Bar / Buffet, Reception area, Outdoor viewing Deck and Garden Patio.
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.
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.
Colors scheme for Bar/Buffet, Carpeting and Walls. Suspended ceiling fabric was white linen with linear lighting behind.
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.
Other variations of the reception area adhered to the original design motif and colors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Original concept sketch on flight following 1st meeting at WG plant.
Overhead view of concept model.
End view of concepts scale model. (foamcore, paper & acrylic).
Turbine array with bulkheads for F-16 and helicopter rotor hubs.
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
Wyman-Gordon’s Exhibit focused on the scope of their experience with titanium, from raw materials to the finished product.
Referred to as “The TI Show,” the exhibit highlighted the full extent of Wyman-Gordon’s capabilities in Titanium, from
raw material to finished forgings and the end product. The symbol for Titanium (TI) was a focal point in the design development of the exhibit.
This year was Wyman-Gordon’s first venture in taking a double “Chalet” on Flight Line B.
It offered Bar / Buffet services, for all client meetings, press conferences and a deck for viewing the daily flight demonstrations.
The design scheme was accepted following presentation of these sketches and a 1/2 inch scale model (foamcore, paper & acrylic).
Fabricated in Italy, the 10 prefab exhibit components were easy to set up and more than met the expectations of the client.
Exhibit plan showing five product displays, graphic modules and office.
The 450 square foot exhibit was located in the International Exhibit Hall. In order to have a Chalet, exhibitors are required to have an exhibit in one of the International Halls.
Focusing on Titanium, graphic data was supported by actual product in the five sequential categories determined by the Client. They were as follows:
1. RUTILE GROUP 2. SPONGE GROUP 3. INGOT GROUP 4. BILLET GROUP 5. FORGING GROUP
Exhibit elevation with dominant and dimensional TI symbol.
Free-standing Individual display units held actual samples of each of the five Groups.
This allowed a sequential inspection of all five elements - from the raw material to the actual
Each of the five modules were dedicated to each of the five Groups. Specific information of each Group included photos, charts and statistical information.
The radial layout of the exhibit concept was designed to align each of the free-standing display elements with the matching graphic
wall set behind it.
Behind the wall was a small meeting area for personnel and visitors.