The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is a biennial aerospace and defence event, combining a trade exhibition, for specialist visitors only, with a public airshow on the last two days, featuring civil airliners, fast jets, display teams and vintage aviation legends. So the dates of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July offer excitement for visitors of all ages, with a real-life Iron Man, flight simulators and car-driving experiences. Rolls Royce gives you the chance to build your own mini jet engine from aluminium components. And these are just a few of the many attractions.
Historic and modern aircraft on the ground and in the air
The Airshows on 21 and 22 July, running from 12.30pm to 5.30pm, will include many incredible aircraft, such as the Harrier, an F-16, a Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster of the Battle of Britain flight, World War One aircraft, a P-38 Lightning, a Catalina, a Chipmunk, a P51 Mustang, the Red Arrows and many more. There will also be a Demo Race display by the Red Bull Air Race team, with two Edge 540 aircraft that will fly a low-level course marked by 25-metre air-filled pylons.
The latest aviation innovations
There are exhibitors from all over the world, including Italian manufacturer Piaggio Aerospace which will be presenting the only remotely-piloted Medium Altitude Long Endurance vehicle, designed for surveillance and reconnaissance, and achieving an interesting combination of autonomy and speed. In addition, Piaggio will present the Avanti EVO turboprop, whose five-blade scimitar propellers and three-lifting surface configurations provide exceptional aerodynamic performance.
The Farnborough Air Show is open from 9am to 6pm every day, with admission for the general public also available on FAB Friday, 20 July 2018, a day that allows public visitors to experience the Exhibition Halls before their partial closure during the public weekend. Purchase tickets online at www.farnboroughairshow.com. Standard prices start at £42 for Saturday or Sunday tickets, and £69 for runway packages providing a prime location for watching the air shows.