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  • 60 years of Farnborough air shows

    News | 03 Jul 2008 10:51 | Ian Goold

    <P>The Farnborough air show has moved only a small distance across the airfield, but it has flown a very long way in its 60 years. We review many of the world-famous event's developments and highlights.</P> <P>The Farnborough air show has reached its 60th birthday, and organiser Farnborough International is continuing to evolve and exploit the exhibition site. </P> <P>A subsidiary of the Society of British Aerospace Companies, Farnborough International is taking the show into its seventh decade with vigour, applying 60 years' experience of meeting exhibitor needs, originally from parochial UK companies, then a fast-consolidating European region, and - since 1974 - from the worldwide industry. </P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 445px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TH><IMG style="WIDTH: 438px; HEIGHT: 325px" alt="at the first farnborough air show " src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=23650" border=0>&nbsp;</TH></TR> <TR> <TD> <H6 align=right>&nb
  • 50 years ago: 5 September 2006

    News | 04 Sep 2006 23:00

    <P> <TABLE style="BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse" borderColor=#000000 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width=450 align=center bgColor=#f9e8ba border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <P align=center><IMG style="WIDTH: 220px; HEIGHT: 102px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=10970" border=0></P> <P align=center><BR><STRONG>Flight 14.9.1956</STRONG></P> <P align=center><IMG style="WIDTH: 50px; HEIGHT: 50px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=12740" border=0><STRONG></P> <P>Farnborough 1956 </P> <P>Following Monday's "preview" display the flying programme was modified on Tuesday to provide an improved and more logical presentation. Even before the flying display, however, a basic difference was evident in Tuesday's Farnborough mixture. The new ingredients were seen in the people attending. Among the visitors, appropriately enough, more foreign uniforms were seen, together with more stripes on uniform sleeves and stars on shoulders more foreign tongues were heard and more expensive bro
  • FLIGHT TEST: Alenia Aermacchi M-346 - One-stop warrior

    News | 17 Jul 2006 23:00

    Alenia Aermacchi's M-346 is designed to provide 'one-type' training from basic to fighter lead-in - and seems well capable of delivering on its promise
  • Straight & Level 19.2.1954

    News | 17 Feb 2004 00:00

    <p>Avro Fighter/Bomber</p> <p>Though it has often been remarked that the Avro 707 research aircraft appears to have the makings of a first-rate fighter, it will come as a surprise, even to many who share that view, that this fascinating little aircraft is, at last, being developed into a lightweight fighter/bomber. As yet unnamed, the new machine has been designed to meet NATO requirements as laid down by General Norstad; its rivals appears to be a version of the Folland Gnat (Bristol Orpheus turbojet) and France's trolley-launched, skid-landing S.N.C.A.S.E. Baroudeur. Sir Roy Dobson, managing director of A.V. Roe and Co., Ltd., puts forward the comment that the delta plan form offers such easy landing characteristics that it is "ideally suited" for use on temporary airstrips. "Our aircraft," he says, "can land without trouble on a minimum NATO P.S.P. runway with room to spare, and can take off in half the minimum requirement." He goes on to claim that the delta offers not only low co
  • Farnborough 1948-1998:

    News | 07 Sep 1998 08:34

    <p>Geoff Thomas &nbsp;</p> <p>Mention 'Farnborough' or 'the old black sheds' to an aeroplane buff, and the resulting misty eyes and far-away expression give the game away. </p> <p>Over the past half-century, this little piece of Hampshire - only a few miles south-west of London - has regularly played host to a stunning display of innovation, excitement and sheer flying brilliance; words which have become synonymous with the Farnborough airshow. </p> <p>The airfield's claim to aviation fame is unequalled, for like nowhere else it's entitled to the epithet "cradle of British aviation". </p> <p>It was here in 1905, in a corner of Laffans Plain which straddles the Hampshire/Surrey border, that the British Government's balloon factory was sited. Three years later an entrepreneurial American-born adventurer by the name of Samuel 'Cowboy' Cody became the first person to make an official aeroplane flight in Great Britain.</p> <p>Renamed </p> <p>And so Farnborough became first the Army Ai