Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke, Space Shuttle Commander Mike Bloomfield, and U.S. Space and Rocket Center Headline Program to Inspire Future Pioneers and Engineers During Public Days at Le Bourget

Waldwick, NJ, and Paris, France / May 17, 2023 — At next month's International Paris Air Show, the highly anticipated exhibition of aerospace technology, engineering, and innovation will also highlight the industry's dire workforce shortages. To encourage and inspire future generations to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace, Kallman Worldwide Inc., organizer of the USA national presence at Le Bourget for the past 28 years, today announced plans to host the show's first-ever "Workforce Weekend," a STEM-focused classrooms-through-careers fair on-site during the show's public days. 

The Paris Air Show, last held in 2019, will be open to trade visitors only for the first four days, then to students and public visitors from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June. For the weekend, Kallman will transform the 6,000-plus sqm USA Partnership Pavilion in Hall 3 into “Spaceport USA,” a space-themed, interactive showcase of immersive activities, engineering innovations, and technology demonstrations to engage and educate visitors of all ages.  

Highlights will include personal appearances on Saturday 25 June by Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot  Brigadier General Charles ‘Charlie’ Duke, and Space Shuttle Commander Michael Bloomfield who will share his experiences from three space shuttle missions, including work on assembling the International Space Station.  

Space Shuttle Commander Michael Bloomfield
Space Shuttle Commander Michael Bloomfield
Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot & Moonwalker  Brigadier General Charles ‘Charlie’ Duke
Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot & Moonwalker Brigadier General Charles ‘Charlie’ Duke

“I’m looking forward to visiting the Paris Air Show with Team USA,” said Duke. “Participating in Workforce Weekend gives those of us with aerospace experience the opportunity to talk about the importance of international collaboration in the aerospace sector and the satisfaction that comes with an aerospace-related career. By sharing insights I have picked up over the years, I hope to inspire future generations of explorers, engineers, and pioneers.” 

Workforce Weekend Content Partner, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, will provide and staff many Spaceport attractions, including a specially commissioned planetarium depicting the surface of the moon where Duke walked during his Apollo mission, a “Quidditch”-like drone football pitch, paper airplane making and test flying, and Star Wheels for identifying constellations. 

“Team USA is heavily invested in the launch of Workforce Weekend this June,” said Tom Kallman, President and CEO of organizing company Kallman Worldwide. “Our commitment to the future generation workforce has never been stronger, and we are excited to deliver what we know will be an entertaining and memorable experience for visiting students and public. Our goal is to have Spaceport USA visitors leave inspired to actively pursue careers in aerospace.” 

There are still opportunities for industry stakeholders and workforce advocates to participate in Spaceport USA as patrons and presenters during Workforce Weekend at the 2023 Paris Air Show. To learn more, please visit or contact Mike Petrassi at 



Since 1963, Kallman Worldwide has worked with individuals and organizations in more than 50 nations to advance global trade in STEM-driven industries. The company’s portfolio of international trade shows, event management services, custom stand building and design, global supply chain networking tools, and workforce advocacy programs connects thousands of buyers and suppliers to more opportunities around the world every year. As an international U.S. representative, Kallman is a strategic partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce and a proud recipient of the President’s “E” and “E Star” Awards for its active role in aiding U.S. exporters and in recognition of its export promotion efforts. The company is headquartered in Waldwick, NJ, with U.S. satellite offices in Washington, DC and Houston, TX, a Latin America office in Santiago, Chile, and a bureau in London, UK. For more information, visit 



Philippa Ewart
Kallman Worldwide, Inc.
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