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.