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Farnborough - Your Impressions?

Wed Mar 06, 2002 5:46 pm

Anyone been to the Farnborough airshow? Is it worth visiting? What day is best - Trade days or another day?
What about accommodation?
Thanks for your comments.
 
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RE: Farnborough - Your Impressions?

Wed Mar 06, 2002 6:05 pm

I haven't been to Farnborough, but I've been to Le Bourget, which is essentially the same thing.

If you can, go on a trade day. Fewer people, and more photo opportunities.

If at all possible find someone who works in the industry, and can get you a pass into one of the exhibitor's stalls. I managed that in Le Bourget, and after touring the static displays, managed to watch the whole airshow, from Bombadier's elevated terrace, sitting down, under the shade of a parasol, sipping beers and snapping pictures. I felt terrible about the poor pleb's standing in the croud on the edge of the runway, squashed up against each other, fighting for a view. Ambulances were going by every couple of minutes to pick up heatstroke victims.

Here are a few shots I made from the beer and vodka-soaked terrace.


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RE: Farnborough - Your Impressions?

Wed Mar 06, 2002 6:10 pm

Charles, I have seen your pictures aome time ago and they have re-kindled my desire to visit an international airshow. My intention is obtaining an airline invitation like you siggested for the same reasons.
I have a 75-300mm lens. Do you think that is adequate?
 
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RE: Farnborough - Your Impressions?

Wed Mar 06, 2002 6:18 pm

I've been to both Farnborough and le Bourget, but it's been a long time so my impressions may no longer be valid.
le Bourget is more interesting for civillian aircraft, as Farnborough is mainly a military tradeshow and le Bourget is a general aviation show (including when I was there a strong presence from Arianespace).
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RE: Farnborough - Your Impressions?

Wed Mar 06, 2002 6:20 pm

When I went to Le Bourget, the maximum I had was 300mm, so yes it is adequate, but only barely. My current 400mm would have been very welcome at Le Bourget.

The price of being back in the VIP boxes is that you are a little further away. On the other hand, you won't have to wear a neck brace after straining your neck trying to take pictures straight up  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

I'd consider begging, borrowing, or stealing a 1.4x or 2.0x converter for the airshow, and compensate for the loss of light by using a really good high speed slide film, of which there is only one in existance: Provia 400F. Yes, it's expensive, but how often do you go to Farnborough?

For the static display, normal film and wide angle lenses are the things to have.
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RE: Farnborough - Your Impressions?

Wed Mar 06, 2002 7:04 pm

I went to Farnborough many times as a kid, went in 2000 and will certainly be going again this year! It's just amazing, the flying display goes on for hours, and you can get really close to the runway. And for you Airbus bashers, you can see the 340 doing a near vertical takeoff, and a full display within the field boundary.
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RE: Farnborough - Your Impressions?

Wed Mar 06, 2002 7:17 pm

The display axis at this years Farnborough has been moved back from the crowd line further still so you would need at least a 300mm for decent flyby shots, basically the bigger the better I would say 400-500 would be ideal.

The static display is split this year those aircraft that are taking part in the display are parked north side so the runway will remain active for arrivals and customer flights. The display aircraft will be reachable by shuttle buses during the morning.

Display aircraft look to be a little thin, Boeing have nothing really new to show, Airbus have "allegedly" applied to bring the A318 and hand over a VAA A340-600 at the show.

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RE: Farnborough - Your Impressions?

Wed Mar 06, 2002 7:41 pm

The A340-600 is the reason I have decided to visit this year's show. Of course, everything else is more than welcome. Especially if there will be a flying display by the EF2000, which I have never seen yet. Photography will be my main chore. It seems, judging from your comments, that a 300mm will not be sufficient. I have never used a doubler. I wonder how sharp the pics will be using one.
 
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RE: Farnborough - Your Impressions?

Wed Mar 06, 2002 10:16 pm

It's a great airshow. I was there four years ago.

The food is terrible though. Bring your own if you can!!
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RE: Farnborough - Your Impressions?

Wed Mar 06, 2002 10:19 pm

I usually go on the trade days - it is one event which exercises my full range of lenses. Wide angle for static display, short/medium tele for "on runway" shots and 400mm + for air shots. 300mm may be enough for approach shots, but given Paul's comments, I'd try and bring something longer.

I usually spend most of the morning going round the static displays, then go and select my spot for the flying at around 12:30-1:00pm - this usually ensures I get an unobstructed view by the fence. Trade days do not tend to generate hugh crowds watching the flying, but the public days can be pretty densely packed.

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RE: Farnborough - Your Impressions?

Wed Mar 06, 2002 10:19 pm

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