Established02 From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4362 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.
Silverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4111 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
Flairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4017 times:
How's that EMB 190 looking?
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
Rockwell B1B Lancer
Raytheon T6A, Take-off
Lockheed Martin F-16
Lockheed Martin F117A Nighthawk
Boeing B52H Stratofortress
Italian Air Force Aermacchi MB339C
Italian Air Force Alenia C27J
Italian Air Force Alenia Panavia 200 Tornado
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3747 times:
'Twas my turn today, and what a day! I was like a kid in a candy store!
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!
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. 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!
Willo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3342 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