Farnborough Airshow

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Farnborough Airshow
Farnborough2006-1.jpg
Farnborough in 2006
Genre Air show
Dates July
Frequency Even years
Venue Farnborough Airport
Location(s) Hampshire, England
Country United Kingdom
Attendance 209,000 (2012)
Organised by Farnborough International Limited
Website
farnborough.com
Aircraft on static display at the 2006 Farnborough show.
The AgustaWestland stand, 2006
Avro Vulcans and Avro 707s fly at the 1953 Farnborough show.
The Airbus A380 at Farnborough in 2006.

The Farnborough International Airshow is a week-long event that combines a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries with a public airshow. The event is held in mid-July in even-numbered years at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, England. The first five days (Monday to Friday) are dedicated exclusively to trade, with the final two days open to the public.[1]

The airshow is an important event in the international aerospace and defence industry calendar, providing an opportunity to demonstrate civilian and military aircraft to potential customers and investors. The show is also used for the announcement of new developments and orders, and to attract media coverage.

The UK show is organised by Farnborough International Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of ADS Group Limited (ADS). According to the organisers, the 2012 Farnborough show attracted 109,000 trade visitors over the first five days, and 100,000 public visitors on the Saturday and Sunday. Orders and commitments for 758 aircraft were announced, worth US$72 billion.[2]

Format[edit]

Flying occurs on all seven days, and there are also static displays of aircraft outside and booths and stands in the indoor exhibition halls. On the Saturday and Sunday most of the exhibitions halls are shut, but there is a funfair and children are admitted.

The airshow alternates with the Paris Air Show, which is held in odd-numbered years and has a similar format, and in the same years as the Berlin Air Show.

History[edit]

The Farnborough Airshow has its origins in the annual RAF Airshow at Hendon from 1920 to 1937. On 27 June 1932, the Society of British Aircraft Constructors held an exhibition of 35 aircraft by 16 companies at Hendon as a showpiece for the British aircraft industry. After World War II, the show recommenced at Radlett (the site of Handley Page's airfield) in 1946 and was held there until 1948, when the show moved to its present location of Farnborough, Hampshire, home of the Royal Aircraft Establishment, about 30 miles (48 km) south-west of central London.

In 1952, 31 people were killed (twenty nine spectators, one pilot and one navigator) when a DH.110 jet fighter disintegrated in flight and crashed into the crowd.

At the 1958 show, the Black Arrows executed a 22-plane formation loop.[3] This was a world record for the greatest number of aircraft looped in formation, and remains unbroken to this day.

Initially an annual event, the show has been biennial since 1962. It has become an international event that attracts exhibitors from all over the world — with the exception, during the Cold War, of countries behind the Iron Curtain.

From 1996 to 2010, the show had its own official radio station operated by the staff and students of nearby Farnborough College of Technology, but it did not operate in 2012.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Farnborough 2012 | Public Welcome". Farnborough.com. 2012-07-15. Retrieved 2013-05-11. [dead link]
  2. ^ "US$72 billion of confirmed orders at Farnborough International Airshow 9-15 Jul 2012". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "display team | 1958 | 1- - 0383 | Flight Archive". Flightglobal.com. Retrieved 2012-07-24. [dead link]

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