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Preparations underway for MAKS air & space show

Just days before the launch of Russia's largest international air show – MAKS-2007 – the organisers have invited the media to have a look. As usual, the event will take place at the air base in Zhukovsky, around 40 KM outside Moscow.

From August 21 to August 26 Russian manufacturers will be showing off their latest models. Foreign aviation companies will also take part in the air show, with visitor numbers expected to exceed 500,000 people.

The head of the MAKS organisation, Boris Alyoshin, is confident of breaking the attendance figure of 650,000, set when the show was last held two years ago. The possibility of seeing the latest generation of civilian and military aircraft is sure to help.

Among the new aircraft on display is the SU-35 jet superiority fighter, which is tipped to be one of the latest and most advanced jet fighters in the world. There will also be a great opportunity to see air acrobatics.

The upcoming MAKS-2007 is thought to be both a spectacular show and a major business event. The organisers say they want to beat the last event record two years ago in terms of billion-dollar contracts signed.

The show officially opens to the public on Tuesday, August 21.