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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 Lancaster, 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)
Airlander 10 - Hybrid Air Vehicles (F) TBC
Boeing 727 - T2 Aviation (F)
Airbus A380 (F)
Boeing P-8 Poseidon (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)

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

Local hotels for the Farnborough Airshow
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Ticket Prices:
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