14 JULY 2014
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For the first time Farnborough this year will, in effect, be two shows. The trade fair – Farnborough International – starts today (Monday 14 July) until Friday, and the public offering – The Air Show – next Saturday and Sunday.
The Red Arrows will open the flying display on the trade days, which will include a Spitfire. If you thought that you had (sadly) seen the last of the Harrier, a US Navy AV8 will be performing. Its successor, the F35B Lightening II, may put in an appearance towards the the end the week.
Not showing is the Bombardier CSeries or Qatar Airways A380.
Show organiser Farnborough International has increased its investment in organising official delegation visits by senior officials and executives from both the defence and civil aviation sectors. The Meet the Buyer programme, which helps smaller companies to line up meetings with larger manufacturers with an interest in their equipment and services has been expanded and a dedicated lounge added.
The public weekend is sponsored by Airbus Group, and will feature A380, A350 and A320 series plus aircraft of an earlier era. Hopefully flying (these old aircraft are somewhat fragile) is the Classic Air Force Meteor T7, said to be the world’s oldest twin jet still serviceable, and a de Havilland Vampire, Britain’s original single-engined jet fighter, again operated by the Newquay, Cornwall-based organisation. www.farnborough.com
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