Anyone At Farnborough Today?

Sun Jul 30, 2000 5:08 am

Apart from military there was quite a selection of interesting exhibits. The 767-400 looked very impressive as did the A340 Trent testbed. There was a brand new Lufthansa A340-300 still operating under F-WWJU but with "FA" on the tail. Did some nice steep turns and overall a very impressive display.
That was what really caught my eye apart from the finale- a delayed, fantastic, unrestricted EF2000 display. Did anyone else have the pleasure of attending this fantastic event? Tomorrow should also have some great displays too.

RE: Anyone At Farnborough Today?

Sun Jul 30, 2000 4:50 pm

I spoke to my uncle on the phone, he was there, I would have gone but I'm not in the uk. He thought the C130J was very impressive, tremendous flexibility, and described the C-17 back-tracking up the R/W on reverse thrust very impressive.

The F-A18 SuperHornet was his fave. LH 340 apparently did a flypast, followed by a GA, that would have been nice to see.

On the civvy side, he said the 76 windows looked slightly more rounded, 777-style.

I was surprised to hear they were not allowing the general public into at least the civvy a/c. Perhaps this was limited to trade days.

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RE: Anyone At Farnborough Today?

Sun Jul 30, 2000 5:54 pm

I live in Farnborough and will be leaving for the show in about 30 minutes. I have seen snippets of the displays over the past two weeks (the aircraft arrive in the week preceding the actual show). However, the actual number of aircraft attending looks well down on previous years, which is very disappointing. I had a look "over the fence" on Wednesday evening and there were only two aircraft parked out on the field (ie. not in the static displat area), the Sukhoi 30 and the Airbus A340. Normally there are up to twenty.

On Tuesday evening, there was a second A330 or 340 present. It had a blue fin with the EU logo on the tail. Does anyone know the identity?

Also, for the second show running, the organisers have screened off the perimeter fence using plastic sheeting. This effectively ruins any chance of looking across the airfield from outside the boundary. This is supposed to be a precaution against road traffic accidents. Apparently, two show ago a spectator was knocked down by a car. However, as far as I am aware, that is the only incident of a road accident which could be blamed on the driver being distracted by the air display in 50 years of Farnborough Air Shows. I think the organisers are just being mean minded.

RE: Anyone At Farnborough Today?

Mon Jul 31, 2000 12:14 am


Static A340 was in Airbus House Colours. Test-bed a/c with No.2 being the Trent-something or other (Trent 500?) F-WWAI.

Flying, was the LH one.
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I Was!

Mon Jul 31, 2000 2:31 am



Mon Jul 31, 2000 2:42 am

The LH 340 was apparently brand new, and had not yet been delivered to LH.

Why did it fly?

1)Because perhaps they wanted one to be static, to let the public/executives get really close up. Also, that model is the test-bed for the Trent engine for the A340-500. So they'd rather not fly that around too much in public.

2) Lufthansa is the biggest 340 customer. As a way of saying "thanks" to LH, they flew one of the pre-delivery LH 340's to Farnborough, and flew it around the airfield.

Result=Max. publicity to both Airbus and LH. ie. "Look Dad, there's a LH A340!!" "Oh yes son. If LH are flying such a good, new plane, they must be a good airline. Let us fly with LH next time".

(I think).
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RE: Anyone At Farnborough Today?

Mon Jul 31, 2000 5:19 am

Well, I've been and my initial thoughts were justified. Definitely down on numbers of aircraft. However, it was still an enjoyable day. There were some of the usual military participants, although for the first time since 1988 there were no Russian aircraft flown (the Sukhoi Su 30 remained firmly on the ground). The latest version of the F-18 (the "F") put in a spirited performance as did the Eurofighter. For the first time in years, there were no Dassault fighters taking part and their biz-jets were static only. A Rockwell B-1B did one flypast and then disappeared. The new C-130J version of the Hercules did the usual Herk routine but without the trails of smoke normally associated with the older versions. From an airliner standpoint, the participators were the A340 (F-WWJU - in Lufthansa colours), Embraer's 135 (PT-ZJC),140 (PT-ZJA) and 145 (PT-ZJD) (in a lively three ship routine) and the Dornier 328Jet (D-BALL). Airliners in the static park included a Boeing 707 (being marketed as an off the shelf tanker), a DHC-8 (C-GIHK), a RJ-100 (C-FCRJ), an A300 Beluga (F-GSTD), Beech 1900 (D-CASG), Boeing 747-400 (N76400), the A340 Trent test bed (F-WWAI) an ATR-42 (F-WWEK) and a Boeng Business Jet (N737BZ).

There was also a flypast of historic De Havilland types which included Aer Lingus' restored DH-84 Dragon EI-ABI and a DH-89 Dragon Rapide G-AKRP. Another historic "airliner" taking part in the flying programme was a C-47 (in RAF markings).

The show has been confirmed for 2002 and will be held again in July.


RE: Anyone At Farnborough Today?

Mon Jul 31, 2000 6:29 am

I thought the B1-B was the best part today. I take it you mean 767-400 as opposed to 747-400 in the previous post. Anyway it was a real shame we had no access to the static airliners. Last time they had a Thai 777 which the allowed public access to.
I definitely think the B1 was the highlight today it was great following it in from a distance where it vaguely resembled Concorde, got some great photos of that flypast.
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I Went Too.

Mon Jul 31, 2000 6:41 am

I went on Saturday & have some images from the show using my new Sony HandyCam, it has a function to take digital still images as well, Easy to upload to my p.c.

I have the C130 & the A340 as jpg images on my p.c, I can sent them to Airliners if you want, but I have to let you know, it was my first time using a Cam so they are not brilliant!

BTW My brother works on C130's & the one he worked on was there...


P.P.S Apparently there was a demonstration @ Farnborough today, a good idea that I didn't go today!
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RE: Anyone At Farnborough Today?

Mon Jul 31, 2000 3:46 pm

how many days does the airshow at Farnborough go on for? i realize it's mostly a "static" display but do the flying demonstrations happen a few times daily or not that often? how is the Oshkosh airshow compare? thanks for any help, Jeff

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