Since its inauguration in 1909, the Paris Air Show grew to become the largest aerospace industry trade show in the world. With over 170,000 visitors, nearly 2,500 exhibitors, 140 aircraft on display, and over $140 billion worth of contracts signed during the event, this biennial event provides an invaluable opportunity for both military and civilian aircraft manufacturers to display and demonstrate their products to a vast audience of potential customers. This year, I had the opportunity to join a senior U.S. delegation for my first ever visit, to talk defense trade with senior civilian and military officials from countries around the globe, meet with industry executives, and to promote and advocate for the more than 270 U.S. companies on hand to exhibit the latest aerospace and defense technologies. DipNote»

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