International Air Fair Planes Arrive with Humanitarian Aid for Chile

By Dialogo
March 25, 2010



The International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE), considered the most important
on the continent, opened this week with 120 planes from around 40 participating
countries, and a number of the planes arrived with aid for the victims of February’s
earthquake.

The fair was officially opened by Chilean president Sebastián Piñera, who
expressed his gratitude for “the arrival of cargo planes from abroad (with
humanitarian aid), the donation of resources in cash by the exhibitors, and the
donation of the entrance fees for this fair.”

He noted that the entrance fees collected over the weekend, when the fair
will be open to the public, will be turned over in full to the victims of the
earthquake and seaquake of 27 February.

The fair’s star attraction is the U.S. F-22 fighter plane, known as the
‘Raptor.’ Two of these planes, valued at more than 200 million dollars each, arrived
for the exposition.

The planes flew from the United States to Chile without stops and were
refueled in the air by U.S. Air Force tanker planes. They have the capacity for
radar invisibility and are expected to be the fighter planes of the next fifty
years.

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