Farnborough International Airshow

The Farnborough International Airshow is a biennial event that combines a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries with a public airshow. If you are interested in the latest trends in the aircraft industry, don’t miss this amazing event. This article will tell you exactly why.

What is Farnborough International Airshow about?

Farnborough International Airshow lasts for one week and is held on even-numbered years. The event is organized in mid-July at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, United Kingdom. The first five days of the event, Monday to Friday, are dedicated solely to trade, and the final two days are open to the public. The event is organized by Farnborough International Limited.
This airshow is a very important event in the international aerospace and defence industry event calendar. It provides an amazing opportunity to showcase the civilian and military aircraft to potential buyers and business investors.

The event is the second-largest in size after the famous Paris Air Show

and it’s ahead of Dubai Airshow or Singapore Airshow. The organizer, Farnborough International Limited, is a wholly owned subsidiary of ADS Group. It attracted 109,000 trade visitors during the first five days of the show in 2012. And during the weekend, it received 100,000 public visitors. The orders and commitments made there were for a total of 758 aircrafts and were appraised at US$72 billion.

The event features test flights held throughout the seven days.

At the event, you will find also outdoor static displays of aircraft, booths and stands in the indoor exhibition halls. Most of the exhibition halls are closed on Saturday and Sunday, but there is a travelling funfair and children are allowed to attend this event.
This airshow is held at the same time as the Paris Air Show, which is organized on odd-numbered years. It has a similar format and is held in the same years as the Berlin Air Show.

Farnborough Airshow has plenty to offer everyone.

Don’t miss this popular annual event. At the show, you see the diverse and comprehensive jetliner and helicopter product range and learn clever solutions for urban mobility, defence and security and also space exploration.
The commercial aircraft product line-up is one of its kind at this international aerospace event. The A220 Family is the newest invention that is produced in a partnership with Canada’s Bombardier. It has become part of Airbus’ single-aisle jetliner product line.
Airbus demonstrated the company’s superior capabilities at Farnborough Airshow in 2018. This airshow was held in the period between 16 and 22nd July at Farnborough Airport, Hampshire, England.
Besides the A220 Family at Farnborough, there are four other Airbus jetliner kinds: the single-aisle A321neo with the Airbus Cabin Flex interior together with the widebody A350-1000, A330-900neo and A380.

For this airshow, two Airbus rotary-wing aircraft were planned: the unmanned VSR 700 rotary-wing system developed for naval applications and the single-engine H125 light utility helicopter. Alongside Airbus Defence products at Farnborough, there are also the A400M multi-role transporter and C295 tactical airlifter.
This airshow features also unique experience ‘bubbles’ to achieve an immersive visitor experience.
Traditional displays are complimented by experience ‘bubbles’ at the Airbus pavilion at Farnborough. There are designated immersive areas together with Airbus partnerships, which offer visitors the opportunity to experience the company’s major product themes related to security, data, intelligence and surveillance, and the future of flight.

History of the show

The SBAC air show was held for the first time at Hendon in North London as the “New Types Park” within the annual RAF Pageant in 1932. The annual event moved in 1936 to the nearby de Havilland airfield - Hatfield, but it was the last air show before WWII broke out the next year. The show was started again at Handley Page and in 1946 and it ran at Radlett in north London until 1947. In 1948, it was moved to the Royal Aircraft Establishment field at Farnborough, Hampshire.
The air show has its historical origins in the annual RAF Airshow at Hendon from 1920. An exhibition of 35 aircraft by 16 companies took place. This aircraft was shown as a showpiece for the British aircraft industry on 27 June 1932. Farnborough is located at about 30 miles (48 km) south-west of central London.

We want to resent the show’s most notable years:

1940
The inaugural show was held on the first week of September 1948, where the Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52 jet-powered flying wing was presented. The de Havilland Comet jet airliner was one of the displayed aircraft in 1949. The Huge Bristol Brabazon airliner debuted in 1950. A modified Vickers Viscount was showcased with Rolls-Royce Tay turbojets in a configuration that was copied later by the Boeing 737.

1950
The modern Avro Vulcan delta bomber was displayed a few days after its first flight along the giant Saunders-Roe Princess double-decker flying boat powered by ten Proteus turboprops in 1952. The Fairey Rotodyne was the show’s highlight with its “tip-jet” powered rotors in 1958.
1960
1962 was the year when the show was held annually for the last time. The Hawker P.1127 made its debut like the corporate de Havilland DH.125 Jet Dragon, the de Havilland Trident and Vickers VC10 airliners. Foreign aircraft were allowed to be part of the show in 1966.
1970
Concorde was shown after it had started flight-testing the year before in 1970.The double-delta Saab Viggen debuted in 1972 together with the Lockheed TriStar trijet widebody powered by Rolls-Royce RB211s in national British carrier BEA colours.
1980
The civil aviation transatlantic rivalry was represented by the European Airbus A310 against the American Boeing 767 widebody twinjets in 1982 along with its narrow body sibling - the Boeing 757.
At the 1986 show, the BAe EAP, the Eurofighter predecessor, and Dassault Rafale rival fighters were presented. The GE36 propfan powered McDonnell Douglas MD-80 was showcased as a precursor for the MD-94X.
1990
The Eurofighter debuted in 1996 in an air display demonstrating its airborne capabilities.
2000
The Airbus A380 was the biggest aircraft to be presented at Farnborough. It made its debut with a flypast in 2006 while being in the midst of its flight-test program.
2010
Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Qatar Airways was in flying display in 2012, after a Boeing absence for 13 air shows. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter debuted at the show in 2016 along with UK’s first F-35B and two US Marine Corps examples.
The UK Ministry of Defence showed a full-scale Tempest model for its Future Combat Air strategy in 2018. At the same time the Mitsubishi MRJ regional jet performed its first flying show.