I have attended the PARIS Airshow 2015 on the 19th June, 2015. It was a bit of a mission/long day !(there and back again on the same day). However, having followed the programme since the late 90s starting off as the Super Sabre project and having lived through its various lows and highs, it was very pleasing to be on the flight line at Le Bourget and see the JF17 perform her routine in front of me.
There were some interesting observations from the routine (the black smoke issue was only ever observered during the landing sequence, otherwise it ws not visible ).. The JF17 is a lean and mean vortex generating machine! You do not realise when looking at pictures of the aircraft perform her routine, but those 2 vortexs from the LERX are virtually a permanent feature on the aircraft during her routine. The takeoff, vertically up and the following hard pull to the left while climbing is excellent to watch !
The JF17 static display has been relocated and now was placed at a location that is very inaccessible to the general public without having one of the those "magic" plastic cards some people had. It seemed to be quarantined off for access to the "professionals" only it seems. The JF17 was displayed next to the T-129 stand, so it was nice to see that too. So the first time i went, i gave up and proceeded to view the rest of the show after the security team told me to take a royal hike...
The second time i went back, "Thankfully", PAF officials did recognise the prediciment of people having come to see the aircraft and not be able to gain access to the area, so they came "out" to meet us and talk to us. That was a nice jesture, but they indicated that they had very little control over the display location. Then, there was one individual in a green shirt(I think associated with PAC/PAF ? to be honest, not sure !!! But whoever he was, ** THANKYOU ** ) who found out that they could "escort" upto 3 people at a time to get close to the JF17 and speak with the ground crew. So, a long queue formed and we took turns.. It was quite amusing to see a queue of people line up to see the plane.
One interesting item is the fact that the wet thrust of the aircraft is confirmed at 98kN Wet.
The PAF/PAC/CATIC team have done an excellent of producing a brochure of the aircraft for giving to visitors. Since, this brochure was given for FREE and it serves as an advertising tool, I have hopefully not broken any copyright by scanning and posting it here for all of you(since no £ was involved in giving it out) !! Lots of interesting facts and figures in there.
Enjoy the following brochure, it is an excellent piece of marketing !!!
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