Farnborough International Airshow 2018
Located 30 miles West of London, Farnborough is the spiritual home of aviation within the United Kingdom since 1904 when the Army Balloon Factory was established on the then Farnborough Common and Samuel Cody built and flew biplanes as long ago as 1906. Since then Farnborough became the primary site for experimental flying, through the creation of the Royal Aircraft Establishment such achievements as test evaluation of captured German aircraft designs, Concorde and many innovations to aircraft technologies and safety. It is due to this background in innovation and design that the Farnborough Airshow was created in the 1940s as the primary showcase for the UK aviation manufactures. This soon opened up to international manufactures and has become one of the leading trade shows for the world’s aeronautical industry both in terms of aircraft and their supply chain of goods and services.
The first four days of the airshow are devoted to the aeronautical trade where behind closed doors deals are brokered between aircraft manufactures and their customers both civil and military. This year alone Boeing announced that they had taken orders worth $98.4bn and Airbus announcing total orders for 754 aircraft.
As expected the large players in the market brought samples to woe buyers. This year’s emphasis was on the emerging markets in feeder liners both in Asia and Africa. The current inventories of both Airbus and Boeing showed a hole in the 85 to 120 seat markets and so to plug these holes both Boeing and Airbus have made alliances with smaller manufactures who specialise in the feeder market ie: Boeing working with Brazils Embraer and Airbus with Canadas Bombardier.
Boeing 737 Max 7
Boeing 747F Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Boeing CH47F Chinook Boeing B727
Bombardier Global 6000
Airbus H125 Airbus VSR700
Other manufactures were also well represented, including Leonardo, BAe Systems, Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi, Gulfstream, Dassault, L3 Technologies to name but a few.
AW101 Merlin AW159 Wildcat
Super Lynx 300 AW169
Tempest III Tornado GR4
C130J Hercules F16C Viper
Mitsubishi MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet)
Falcon 8X Falcon 900LX
Friday Saturday and Sunday have become public days with trade aircraft and exhibitors replaced by the more traditional airshow acts. This year the stars of the show were the Red Bull fleet (DC6 P38 B25 F8 and Alpha jet) AV8B Harrier II of the Spanish Navy and the Red Bull Racers.
Cliff Ibell Images would like to thank The FIA Media team and all the Exhibitors for the unpresidented access during FIA 18. A full set of photos from the week can be found here Farnborough Airshow 2018