Farnborough highlights over the years

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1927 - The very first SBAC display is held at RAF Hendon in north-west London. Featuring 30 aircraft from 13 constructors, the show also displays engines from

six companies.

 

1936 - The show moves to de Havilland's aerodrome at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, as it has out-grown Hendon. First appearances included the Fairey Battle, Bristol

Blenheim, Handley Page Hampden, Hawker Hurricane, Westland Lysander, Supermarine Spitfire and Armstrong Whitworth Whitley - all to become household

names a mere three years later with the outbreak of the Second World War.

 

1938 - Show is cancelled due to the worsening European political situation, particularly the Munich Crisis.

 

1946 - The first post-Second World War show is held at Handley Page's airfield at Radlett, Hertfordshire. Although a success, the airfield is not considered

adequate for the show as it has a public footpath running through it, inadequate roads and little parking. The show is held at the same venue the following year but

moves to a September date for the first time.

 

1948 - The SBAC show is held for the first time at the Royal Aircraft Establishment's Farnborough Airfield in Hampshire. It lasts for a week and for the first time

the public is admitted. Crowds witness the Saunders Roe SR.A/1 single-seat jet flyingboat fighter arrive inverted and very low. The aircraft features the first

Martin-Baker ejection seat. The prototype Vickers Viscount airliner, with four Rolls-Royce Dart turboprop engines, makes its public debut.

 

1962 - The last of the annual shows - from now on it alternates with the Paris airshow at Le Bourget. The Vickers VC10, de Havilland Trident and Hawker P.1127

VTOL fighter make their first appearances.

 

1970 - Concorde makes its debut although it is 'unscheduled' as the English summer weather forces a diversion from its base at RAF Fairford.

 

1972 - The show becomes European.

 

1974 - Farnborough International is born as the show reflects the changing world with 31 foreign aircraft on display, including the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. The same

maker's SR-71 Blackbird arrives at the show from New York in a record-breaking 1h 55min and 42sec.

 

1980 - The RAF's aerobatic display team - the Red Arrows - makes its Farnborough debut.

 

1986 - The world's heaviest aircraft - the Antonov An-124 - dominates the static park while a pair of MiG-29s mark the first appearance of Soviet combat aircraft

in the West.

 

1990 - A pair of Sukhoi Su-27s perform their spectacular 'cobra' manoeuvre for the first time.

 

1996 - The Northrop Grumman B-2 stealth bomber flies past after a non-stop flight from the USA.

 

1998 - The remnants of Hurricane Danielle - which caused damage on the East Coast of the USA - heads across the Atlantic and threatens a wet Farnborough

show. First appearances for the Airbus A300-600ST Beluga; Bombardier Global Express; and the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules an aircraft whose design

history can be traced almost to the time when the first show was being held at Farnborough, half a century ago.