Yes, I was in Farnborough to work. And I did, interviewing executives and reporting news from the show. But a big part of the Farnborough International Airshow is the flying displays and they present great opportunities to photograph airplanes, occasionally in unusual combinations or formations. And so, for a couple hours each day during the week, I took a break from “work” to do the fun part of my job, take photos of planes. Here’s the best of that effort. Click on any of the photos for a full-size version.
Day one was mostly washed out. As in the storms flooded the show halls and power was cut to protect against possible electrocution. Only the first couple Airbus flights took place before the schedule was scrubbed.
Day two was only slightly better, with storms passing through but a few more planes flying, including the F35 doing its hover thing over the show.
Towards the end of the week, as things cleared up and the show switched focus from industry to community things got even better. The weather was more reasonable and the performances were more fun. I also was able to score a better viewing position for some of the show. It helped.
The Red Arrows performance was changed (and “downgraded”) to comply with new safety rules at airshows. Rather than acrobatics the fleet did a formation flyby with the A350. Still cool, though obviously very different from what could have been.
I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories.
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#jealous and thanx for sharing!
Seth, if you’re an aviation geek, you should make time for the RIAT. It is all military, in fact it is billed as the largest military airshow in the world. The schedule usually is quite close to Farnborough. The venue is always at RAF Fairford, 1 train ride away from Paddington to Swindon, then hop on the free shuttle bus. Normally there are multiple teams on display. When I went in 2014, the team line up consisted of RAF Red Arrows, italian Frecce Tricolori, French Patrouille de France, Jordanian Falcons, Polish Orliks, and Swiss Patrouille de Suisse.
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