Aviation World's Fair Officially Defunct

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The company that almost brought you an Aviation World's Fair in Newport News, Va., this year is hoping to salvage some of the effort in France in June. Tom Kallman, president of Aviation World's Fair Inc., in an open letter posted on the World's Fair Web site, said he's hoping to stage some special events and take heritage aircraft and displays to Paris. Kallman said his company decided to cancel the World's Fair after it was unable to find a suitable site to replace Newport News. The Virginia event was cancelled, according to Kallman, after the state and city stopped funding the project in early October. Kallman said he and directors scouted seven alternative locations in the U.S. and Europe before deciding they didn't have time to move the event. Kallman isn't saying what the Paris events will entail but he's promising more details on his company Web site "very soon."