Its figures are astounding, even for the aeronautical industry, which is used to huge figures. The presence of 1500 aerospace industry exhibitors from over 50 countries, 100,000 professional visitors and business deals amounting to 124 billion dollars during the days the show is held define the Farnborough Airshow.
Many companies in the industry are aware of the importance this event has for their brands and prepare their presence at it years in advance. And it truly is important. Everything at Farnborough is immense. The exhibition areas are continuous and each is more interesting than the next. Manufacturers present their new strategic aircraft models at this show in the awareness that having a good product it is simply not enough, but rather that it also has to be displayed at the best possible forum.
Farnborough is a small town in the county of Hampshire located in the south of England with a population of around 70,000 inhabitants. It is, however, the birthplace of aviation in the United Kingdom. It all started at the beginning of the 20th century when HM Balloon Factory was set up and the first aerodrome was built, which was where the first powered flight in the British Isles took place in 1908. It was used exclusively by the RAF until 1989, when it began to be used for commercial flights. Today it is operated by TAG Aviation.
The initiative of holding Royal Air Force and Society of British Aircraft Companies exhibitions arose in 1948. These ended up becoming the Farnborough Airshow we know today. Civil and military aircraft which have surprised the world due to their size, performance characteristics and technological innovations have been and continue to be presented at the show.
Before the next Farnborough Airshow is held in the summer of 2018, you can get to know a little more about the history and importance of this event at the links below, which include a wonder article written by Tim Bowler for BBC News.
- Farnborough: A key role in Britain’s Aerospace industry (Tim Bowler) – Read more
- History of Farnborough Airport (TAG Aviation) – Read more
- History and learning briefings (FAST / Farnborough Air Sciences trust) – Read more