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June 21, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Au revoir from the Paris Air Show, 2013

I have 15 minutes of free wif-fi at Charles de Gaulle airport to say goodbye from Paris. My phone battery is almost out of juice so I cannot transfer any more photos.

I stayed at Le Bourget long enough to catch the A350 fly by at the beginning of the afternoon flying display. It looks great. I like those cool winglets. The wings must be thicker than those on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, as they don’t curve upward in flight perceptibly. But it still looks great. Seeing it didn’t have the same emotional pull for me as when I sa the 787 fly, since I’d followed that one so intensely from inception.

But the excitement of the people around me on the crowded balcony of the Airbus media chalet was infectious. I’m really glad I stayed to savor the moment.

And as it turned out my ride to Charles de Gaulle was smooth and quick and I had plenty of time.

I’m off to Ireland now to visit family, back in Seattle next Tuesday. But I’m on vacation then, a camping roadtrip with my own family in Washington and Oregon.

This is the end of my Air Show coverage. Thanks for reading. “til next time.

Dominic Gates

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

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