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Airbus steals the show at Hanover; the accent was on light and general aviation at the Hanover Air Show, but Airbus Industrie dominated with a Nigeria Airways A310.

Hanover--Airbus Industrie, with the only large civil aircraft--an A310 in Nigeria Airways colors--and a press conference by its ebullient President Bernard Lathiere, inevitably stole most of the limelight at the international aerospace exhibition here.

Most of the other major European manufacturers had a presence, as did a few of those from North America. They included Aeritalia, Aerospatiale, Agusta, Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet, British Aerospace, Dornier, Fiat, MBB, Pilatus Britten-Norman, SAAB-Fairchild, Snecma, Turbomeca, Volvo Flygmotor and Westland. North American companies included Avco Lycoming, Beech, Bell Helicopter, Canadair, Cessna, Garrett Corp., Gates Learjet, General Electric Co., Hughes, Litton, LTV, Northrop, Piper, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Sikorsky. International Aero Engines--the Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, MBB, Fiat, Japanese consortium developing the V2500 engine--was also there.

But in general the show was low-key, with the accent on light and business aircraft, and Luftwaffe and German army equipment, and it looked as if most of the industry was holding its fire for a big push at the Farnborough air show, due in early September. …

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