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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
  • 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