Paris Air Show: Future Tech From LEGO


At an airshow typically dominated by military, airline and business-aviation news, you wouldn’t think a mere toy would command much interest. Until, that is, the toy is a three-ton, full-scale X-Wing fighter straight out of Star Wars.

According to the toymaker, the X-Wing is 6 feet tall and 30 feet long. It required 2500 man-hours to complete, which sounds like a lot until you consider it’s made up of more than 1.5 million LEGO bricks.

Of course, the LEGO X-Wing is not a new product for the toy company as you’ll see in the video below, but its appearance at the Paris Air Show might have leavened furrowed-brow talk about airline troubles and defense contracts.

Marc Cook
KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for more than 30 years. He is a 4000-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Sportsman 2+2, and currently flies a 2002 GlaStar.

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  1. If I was there this year, that would be the first thing I would go look at. Zero shame about that.