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An Airbus A400M performs its demonstration flight during the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, Thursday, June 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

50th Paris Air Show

The Paris Airshow began with major orders placed for the Airbus A380 super-jumbo jet and for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, as thunder, lightning and rain put a damper somewhat on the air acrobatics. So did the U.S. budget "sequester," which prevented U.S. fighter aircraft from appearing at the show for the first time in 20 years.