The Flightglobal team has arrived at Farnborough. The weather could be better--it's been raining non-stop pretty much... (but it's better than DC where it is currently hotter than hell). We've been walking around scoping out the place while the folks here are setting up... Some interesting displays.
Here is a shot of the Russian Yakovlev Yak-130 trainer... It's pretty impressive. Like most Russian aircraft, the finish is rough and utilitarian, but it works. It was later developed into the Alenia Aermacchi M346 after the collapse of a Russian-Italian collaborative effort to build a trainer.
Here is a shot of the Alenia Aermacchi M346... It still retains the basic layout, but its finish is just beautiful. I flew the engineering sim for this aircraft a while back. Assuming the sim is accurate; the jet has some awesome handling characteristics. Very precise... my only issue was that is was difficult to slow it down. But other than that, awesome.