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Farnborough Airshow - John Bilcliffe.

Farnborough History
Farnborough is the oldest active airfield in the UK. In 1905 the British Army's Balloon School was formed here. In World War 1 a number of RFC and RNAS aircraft, airship, and balloon squadrons were based here. The site has been associated with aircraft and airships since 1908 when the Balloon Equipment Store was moved from Greenwich and renamed the HM Balloon Factory. In 1908 the first powered flight in Great Britain was made at Farnborough, by a man called Cowboy Cody. Cowboy Cody is recorded as having flown just over 304 metre (1000 feet) at 20 miles per hour (32km per hour).

The Royal Aircraft Factory was also based here which engaged in design and construction of aircraft for the War Office. They also did research and development (R&D) work which after the war assumed a growing importance. Most of the aeroplanes built during the First World War were built at Farnborough. During World War II there was development work in all areas such as bomb sights, camera equipment, and rocket projectiles. Captured enemy aircraft were also evaluated here.

After the war Farnborough had established itself as the world's foremost aerospace R&D institution and also gained prestige through its hosting of the biennial 10 day air show which concludes with a public air display on the final weekend. The sound barrier was also broken at Farnborough in 1948 by John Derry.

Today, the airport is home to a number of the UK's largest business jet companies, including Gama Aviation Executive Jet Charter and Bookajet. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch also has its head office in Farnborough House, located in a compound within Farnborough Airport.

Farnborough Airfield has been home to the Farnborough Airshow since 1948, when it opened its gates to the public for the first time.



Farnborough 2016 Airshow
Farnborough Airshow - John Bilcliffe

The Farnborough Airshow combines a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries with a public airshow. The trade days are in the week days (Monday to Friday) while the public airshow is on the weekend (Saturday & Sunday). This is a biennial airshow which takes place on even-numbered years and alternates with the Paris Airshow which takes place on odd-numbered years.

Farnborough is the oldest active airfield in the UK and has been associated with aircraft and airships since 1908.

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.

Farnborough 2016 Airshow:

11-17 July - Farnborough Airshow 2016



Farnborough Airshow 2016:

16-17 July - Farnborough Airshow 2016 Weekend - public days

Participating aircraft:
(F)=Flying Display, (S)=Static Display

Flying Display:
USMC F-35B Lightning II (F)
RAF F-35B Lightning II (F)
Red Arrows (Flypasts)
BBMF Hurricane, Spitfire (F)
BAE Systems Typhoon role demo (F)
USN F/A-18F Super Hornet (F)
USAF F-16 Falcon TBC (F)
Calidus Autogyro (F)
Catalina (F) - Plane Sailing
Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat (F)
Goodyear Corsair FG-1 (F)
Yak-3 (F)
B-25 Mitchell - RNAFHFF (F)
P-51D Mustang Jumpin Jacques (F)
Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk G-KITT (F)
B-17 Flying Fortress - Sally B (F)
Lockheed Electra (F)
Fairey Swordfish (F)
Breitling Wingwalkers (F)
The Blades (F)
Twister Aerobatics display Team (F)
Global stars Team (F)
Great War Display Team (F)
Pitts S2S - Rich Goodwin (F)
Boeing 727 - T2 Aviation (F)
Airbus A380 (F)
Airbus A350 (F)
A400M Atlas (F)
Antonov 178 (Sat) (F)
DH.88 Comet (F)
Boeing P-8 Poseidon (F)
Starduster (F)
Red Devils (F)
Rans S.4/5/6 Coyote (F)
AAC AH-64D Apache (F)

Static Display:
Antonov An-2 (S)
Chipmunk (S)
Gnat Display Team (S)
Stampe (S)
Spartan Arrow (S)
DC3 Dakota (S)
Dixon DC3 (S)
DH Devon (S)
Spitfire IX TD314 (S)
Porterfield CP50 (S)
Auster (S)

Airshow Schedule for Saturday 16th July:
1206 - Prospero
1213 - Spotter
1220 - Ornithopter
1230 - AIRBUS A380
1238 - AIRBUS A400
..... - AIRBUS A380 lands
..... - Apache take-off
1243 - Twisters
..... - Corsair take-off
1259 - Apache
..... - Starduster take-off
1310 - Corsair
1319 - Starduster
1326 - AN-178
..... - Blades take-off
..... - Boeing 727 take-off
1336 - Do 328
1345 - Boeing 727 & Blades flypast
..... - Boeing 727 lands
1350 - Blades
1401 - Wingwalkers
1419 - Swordfish
1429 - F-35B
..... - Yak 3 take-off
1441 - B-25
..... - Spitfire take-off
1450 - Yak 3
1500 - Spitfire
..... - Red Arrows cross RW
..... - Bearcat take-off
1511 - Boeing F/A-18
..... - Red Arrows take-off
1521 - Bearcat
..... - P-51 & P-40 take-off
1532 - Eurofighter Typhoon
1542 - P-51 & P-40
1555 - BBMF flypast
1600 - Red Arrows flypast
..... - Red Arrows land
..... - Global Stars take-off
1606 - B-17
1617 - Global Stars
1631 - DH Comet
1638 - GWDT
1654 - Bronco
1704 - Boeing P-8
1712 - Autogyro
1721 - Pitts

Map & Displays for Saturday

Airshow Schedule for Sunday 17th July:
1218 - Prospero
1230 - AIRBUS A380
1238 - AIRBUS A400
..... - AIRBUS A380 lands
..... - AIRBUS A400 lands
..... - Corsair take-off
1250 - Pitts
1302 - Corsair
1312 - GWDT
1328 - Twisters
..... - Blades take-off
..... - Boeing 727 take-off
1345 - Lockheed Electra
1353 - Boeing 727 & Blades
..... - Boeing 727 lands
..... - Blades land
1415 - Boeing F/A-18
1425 - BBMF flypast
1430 - F-35B
1442 - Swordfish
..... - Yak 3 take-off
1451 - B-25
..... - Apache take-off
1500 - Yak 3
1510 - Apache
..... - Red Arrows cross RW
..... - Spitfire take-off
1522 - Eurofighter Typhoon
1532 - Spitfire
..... - Red Arrows take-off
..... - Bearcat & Corsair take-off
1542 - Catalina
1552 - Bearcat
..... - Starduster take-off
1601 - Red Arrows flypast
..... - P-51 & P-40 take-off
1605 - Starduster
1612 - P-51 & P-40
..... - Global Stars take-off
1622 - B-17
1631 - Global Stars
1646 - Wingwalkers
1702 - Bronco
1712 - Autogyro
1721 - DH Comet

Map & Displays for Sunday

The Farnborough Airshow organisers and the Royal Air Force have announced on Wednesday 15th June 2016 that following the RAF's own recent risk assessments they have decided that the Red Arrows will no longer be able to perform a full air display this year but will instead do some spectacular flypasts with surprise guests.
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Public Weekend (Sat 16th - Sun 17th July 2016):
Opening Times - 0930hrs - 1730hrs
Flying Display - 1230hrs - 1730hrs

Farnborough exhibition site plan for 2016

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Ticket Prices:
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