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26 Aug, 2007 00:44

Number of MAKS 2007 visitors breaks records

Hundreds of thousands who have ventured to Moscow's MAKS 2007 air show have had to endure huge traffic jams and scorching sun. Queues of cars waited for hours to get to the event.

More than 500,000 people are expected to turn up over the weekend hoping to learn more about Russian aviation. If they can fight their way through the crowds, they can get a close-up view of a wide range of Russian aircraft, old and new, and also military planes from America and France.

And people there think that more than that makes up for the hanging around.

“It took us ages to get here. The train was packed. But we're glad to be here. The air show is really nice. We had to sweat on the train like in a sauna,” one of the visitors said.
Once through the gates, there are lines for just about everything: food and drinks. One of the highlights of MAKS is the chance to get inside the plane and see the view from the cockpit, although you have to wait for the experience.

But something you don’t have to queue for are the spectacular flight displays. And it is not just planes on display, but also the daring sky-divers.

MAKS 2007 lets pilots do their jobs, but for the thousands of people here the time spent waiting is also a test of patience.