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Just Got Back From Farnborough!  
User currently offlineSammyhostie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4136 times:

Well I just returned from a great day at Farnborough!

There were some great aircraft on display, the A340-600 was amazing!
The various trade stands were good too, with plenty of freebies (pens, keyrings etc!)

The aircraft I saw in the flying display today (in order) were:-


14:15
Airbus - A340-600
14:15
Airbus - A318-100
14:26
Airbus - A310 MRTT
14:31
USDoD - B52
14:34
Boeing - F/A-18F
14:42
Babcock Defence Services - Slingsby T67 M 260
14:44
Bombardier - Global Express
14:51
Babcock Defence Services - Slingsby T67 M 260
14:57
SAAB - Gripen
15:05
USDoD - B-1B
15:11
Embraer - Embraer 190
15:18
Lockheed Martin - F-16
15:25
USDoD - F-117A Nighthawk
15:31
Aermacchi SpA - MB339CD
15:38
Alenia Aeronautica - C27J
15:45
Alenia Aeronautica/Italian Air Force - PA200 Tornado

They were great! So low, so loud.
The Swan pub near the runway made for a great viewing spot, with beer on tap and a great atmosphere amongst all the spectators!

A great day.


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User currently offlineWally236er From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4009 times:

Wow thats a great rundown of the list of aircraft displays!

You are lucky getting into the trade days.

Ill try and go at the weekend if I can!


User currently offlineSPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3968 times:

Oh the envy!! Go back tomorrow for me. Have 2 Guinness and a bacon sandwich. I was there for the 50th, can't wait to do it again.


I don't understand everything I don't know about this.
User currently offlineKellmark From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 693 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

I am sure its a great show, bit it is not the same with the Russians not flying. The Sukhois and MIGs were always a highlight of the show.

User currently offlineEstablished02 From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

To what extent can weather conditions affect the program during the trade days?

I just checked the weather forecast for London (on CNN.com) and it looks like they expect rain or even thundery showers on Wednesday.

Who would take the risk of going to FAB on Wednesday with such a weather forecast?

How much can rainy weather affect the overall program at FAB, both inside and outside? Obviously the air display might be modified or cancelled. However, I assume the indoor program will remain unaffected by possible rain or thunder storms.

Thanks


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

im going on saturday with fellow A.Netters, Cant wait Big grin

User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

You must have been the only person to see the A310  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineSammyhostie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

Oh Yes! It was spectacular.

It was a really good day, not quite the same atmosphere actually in the arenas as in the pub outside though!

I still had a great time, the stealthbomber thing was amazing!


User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3707 times:

Yes it was quite amazing the a340-6 display . . I watched via Video live and listened the whole morning from like 3am till like 11am . . I got a little excited

Cant wait to see what happens in the follwoing days ~

Did you get pictures ?


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3703 times:
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Just watching a report on Sky about the show, talking about "timeshare" on a Lear 40, rental is EUR 5,000 an hour!


After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineSilverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3666 times:

Was north of the runway, and most of the stuff was turning overhead, got some nice video!!! The Swan sounds ideal, just how watching planes should be
Rather disappointed that the B52 didnt do a fly around


User currently offlineMuttley35 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

Got pics of both Stealths from Fairford, kinda disappointed cos I could see them both clear as day !

User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

How's that EMB 190 looking?

For Tuesday:
14:30 Boeing F/A 18F
14:38 Boeing Apache Longbow
14:44 Airbus combine A318/A340-600
14:55 Airbus A310 Tanker with 2 Tornado receivers
15:00 Slingsby Firefly T67M Take-off
15:02 Bombardier Global Express
15:09 Slingsby Firefly T67M
15:15
SAAB Gripen

15:23
Rockwell B1B Lancer

15:29
Eurofighter Typhoon

15:36
Raytheon T6A, Take-off

15:37
Embraer 190

15:44
Raytheon T6A

15:50
Lockheed Martin F-16

15:57
Lockheed Martin F117A Nighthawk
16:03
Boeing B52H Stratofortress
16:06
Italian Air Force Aermacchi MB339C
16:13
Italian Air Force Alenia C27J
16:20
Italian Air Force Alenia Panavia 200 Tornado


User currently offlineBlackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1894 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3529 times:

We want pictures! You know, taken with cameras.


Cameras shoot pictures. Guns shoot people. They have the guns.
User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3470 times:

Mine are in the queue, especially of the invisible A310  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineSilverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3445 times:

If there was a video clip site, i would put snippets on for all you lot.



Paul, stop being catty


User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3302 times:

Hi guys

'Twas my turn today, and what a day! I was like a kid in a candy store! Big grin
Saw most of the aircraft I wanted to see on display - the SAAB Gripen was thrilling (terribly fast!), as were the F-18 'Super Hornet' and the F-16. The F-117 did a flypast...it looks absolutely the most magnificent and elegant thing I have ever seen grace the skies above!! What a lovely shape & fantastic piece of engineering.

Saw the B-52 from a distance - it appears the flightcrew got lost, and missed the airfield by quite a fair few miles; slightly worrying!

Also saw the Embraer 190 being put through the usual display manouvres; again, what a beautiful jet, and how thrilling to see it fly past, take off & land so close to me; especially thrilling given it won't enter commercial service for another year.

Both the A318 and A340-600 were also absolutely thrilling to watch - how lovely to see the giant bird land right next to me, parallel the runway, a sight I won't witness again for a long time!  Big thumbs up

The static display was very interesting; I have to be honest, I'm more of a civvie enthusiast than a military geek, but both types were impressive. A Boeing 737-900/800 (embarrasingly, I couldn't tell which type) was all done up in the new 'Dreamliner' theme, and Korean Air was written up on the tail - it looked VERY smart. easyJet had its latest A319 on display, and because I had my ezy ID with me, I managed to enter the jet, walk up & down the aisles and check out the flightdeck - as well as grab some Airbus-themed toys.  Big grin Nice plane, lovely wide aisle although I don't like the toilets being situated in the middle of the galley (maybe that was requested by easyJet) and the overall cabin looked a little 'plastic' if you get my drift. The flightdeck was lovely, very airy & spacious compared the 73's I normally work in (as Cabin Crew).

Qatar Airways had an A330, and Alitalia had their new Embraer. The halls were packed with stands from various aerospace companies manufacturing all sorts of components.

The Boeing 'Dreamliner'/commercial aircraft exhibit was fairly interesting if a bit underwhelming - it was a doughnut shaped inflatable tent, fitted out with the usual Boeing models (in smart, Dreamliner colours) as well as a 7E7 mock cabin x-section which was quite interesting (basically a bit like the 777 cabin, but with larger windows). It was great to see an actual model of the 7E7 - it does look like a beautiful aircraft, just like the 777. In contrast, I thought the A380 model looked horrible - but then, this is more about lower seat-mile costs I suppose!

All in all, a great day out & something for everyone. I thought the tickets were a bit steep, at £25 per person; interestingly for a supposed 'trade visitors only' day, no one at the entrance or elsewhere bothered to check whether I was indeed a valid 'trade' visitor, so theoretically any member of the public could have gained entrance!

regards


User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1623 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3224 times:

Sammy,

The Financial Times had a front page picture of the A340-600 taken from the Swan pub today - complete with some patrons!

You were nearly famous  Smile


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12218 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3091 times:
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A Boeing 737-900/800 (embarrasingly, I couldn't tell which type) was all done up in the new 'Dreamliner' theme, and Korean Air was written up on the tail The Korean Air was a B737-900

User currently offlineSammyhostie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

LOL Richard!

Nearly, not quite!

My time will come!


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

Saw the B-52 from a distance - it appears the flightcrew got lost, and missed the airfield by quite a fair few miles; slightly worrying!

Acording to the Daily Telegraph it performed the display over Blackbushe before returning to the USA!



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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

I know they don't have much in the way of new product, but looking at your lists for the flying displays BAe's contribution seems pretty pitiful, considering as it's their "home" show. I'm still hoping to blag a trade ticket - there's been very few freebies available here at work this time - it must be a sign of the state of British aero manufacturing Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2739 times:

BAe's contribution seems pretty pitiful

er...Airbus? Typhoon?

Everything Airbus is displaying is flying on BAe wings.

Presumably the Nimrod isn't ready yet, or the current squabble would be a bit of a red face for BAe. That would be worth a look at.


User currently offlineOzzie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

All I can say is that you are one lucky little bugger.

Ozzie sulking in Phoenix


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