Farnborough International Airshow takes to the skies

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Farnborough International Airshow

The world-famous Farnborough International Airshow is getting set for its grand finale this weekend, where some dazzling displays will take place in the clear skies above the usually-quiet Hampshire town.

You might not have heard about the Airshow before, unless you work in the aviation industry, where it’s one of the biggest events of the calendar. So let me bring you up to sonic-speed!

Taking place every two years at the Farnborough Aerodrome and other venues in the town, the Airshow is the perfect chance for industry workers and curious members of the public to see the most exciting new developments currently taking place in aircraft technology – including out of this world aircraft in the new Space Zone.

While the first five days of the event are strictly for industry eyes only, it’s the closing weekend that attracts the greatest interest – when the Airshow opens to the general public!

The last show in 2008 attracted 153,000 visitors and this year’s event aims at even more, with flight simulators and exhibits. That means there’s something for visitors of all ages, whether you have in-depth knowledge of the nuts and bolts that hold aircraft together, or just want to see some terrific aerial displays by some of the world’s most skilled pilots.

Red Arrows at the Farnborough Airshow
The Red Arrows dazzle at the Farnborough Air Show. Image: Wikipedia

For all its attractions and exhibits, it’s still the famous flying display that brings people from miles around to the town of Farnborough, which is close to Reading and only 30 miles from Central London – so certainly on the cards for a weekend break.

Lasting for a whopping four and a half hours between 12.30 and 5pm, prepare to have your mind blown by a whole afternoon of fantastic airborne entertainment this weekend, which is sure to see many kids heading home with dreams of being pilots when they grow up. It’s never too late, you know… 😉

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