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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 2018 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 next Farnborough Airshow will be from the 16th to 22nd July 2018 with the public days on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July 2018.

Farnborough 2018 Airshow:

16-22 July - Farnborough Airshow 2018

Farnborough Airshow 2018:

21-22 July 2018 - Farnborough Airshow Weekend - public days

There will be a 5 hour air display from vintage to fast jets and aerobatics to large commercial airliners, all of which showcase the latest in innovation and technology.

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

Flying Display:
Supermarine Spitfire
Bristol Blenheim
Breitling Wingwalkers
Great War Display Team
Sea King helicopter
Tigers Parachute Display Team
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog

Local hotels for the Farnborough Airshow
Local hotels for the Farnborough Airshow

Ticket prices and booking can be found on the official website.

Ground Entertainment 2018:
Airospace Exhibitors: Discover hundreds of exhibits, display products and demonstrations from companies across the globe.

Space Zone: Featuring fun and interactive exhibits with an emphasis on space and pioneering technology. With astronauts sharing experiences, informative seminars and live demonstrations.

Family Area: A collection of children's activities such as face painting, interactive exhibits and arts and crafts are available during the show.

FAST Museum: FAST (Farnborough Air Sciences Trust) Museum will be exhibiting some of Farnborough's unique aviation heritage at FIA 2018.

Futures & Innovation Zone: An opportunity for the younger generation to experience first-hand the career opportunities within the Aerospace sector.

From flight simulators to quirky crowd performers, there are a whole host of have-a-go fun-fuelled rides, interactive attractions and adventure that will keep the whole family entertained. There are also an abundance of independent retailers offering you an array of products.


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