Sammyhostie
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Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 3:14 am

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.
 
Wally236ER
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 3:56 am

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!
 
SPREE34
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 4:09 am

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.
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kellmark
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 4:14 am

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.
 
Established02
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 4:20 am

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
 
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 4:28 am

im going on saturday with fellow A.Netters, Cant wait Big grin
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Sukhoi
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 5:25 am

You must have been the only person to see the A310  Wink/being sarcastic
 
Sammyhostie
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 5:26 am

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!
 
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 5:50 am

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 ?
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 5:51 am

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...
 
silverfox
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 6:02 am

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
 
muttley35
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 6:15 am

Got pics of both Stealths from Fairford, kinda disappointed cos I could see them both clear as day !
 
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 7:11 am

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
NEXT FLIGHT: FLL-ATL-HPN on FL
 
Blackbird1331
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 7:28 am

We want pictures! You know, taken with cameras.
Cameras shoot pictures. Guns shoot people. They have the guns.
 
Sukhoi
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 8:01 am

Mine are in the queue, especially of the invisible A310  Wink/being sarcastic
 
silverfox
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Tue Jul 20, 2004 8:18 am

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



Paul, stop being catty
 
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:45 am

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
 
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Wed Jul 21, 2004 7:36 am

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
 
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Wed Jul 21, 2004 6:29 pm

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
 
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Wed Jul 21, 2004 6:31 pm

LOL Richard!

Nearly, not quite!

My time will come!
 
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Wed Jul 21, 2004 7:06 pm

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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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Wed Jul 21, 2004 9:35 pm

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
 
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Thu Jul 22, 2004 1:01 am

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.
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RE: Just Got Back From Farnborough!

Thu Jul 22, 2004 1:06 am

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

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