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AIRSHOW NEWS: Farnborough Airshow selects Midair Squadron XH134 for Flying Display

Midair Canberra PR9

Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire: The world’s only airworthy Canberra PR9 (XH134) will form part of the flying display at this year’s Farnborough Airshow on 19th – 20th July 2014.

Having successfully passed the display validation for the public event on Monday, XH134 will be in prestigious company, joining the flight programme featuring the RAF Red Arrows and Avro Vulcan XH558. She will continue to remain on static display for the duration of the public event as well.

Midair Squadron pilot Sqn Ldr Dave Piper (Ret.) commented: “The validation process for the Farnborough Airshow ensures the Flying Control Committee (FCC) approve our solo display routine. We’re delighted to include Farnborough as another key feature on the Midair Squadron display season schedule and look forward to next week enormously.”

For further information on the Midair Squadron and their display schedule, please visit

AIRSHOW NEWS: Farnborough International Airshow welcomes F-35


In response to the announcement that the F-35 Lighting II aircraft will be flying at the Farnborough International Airshow, Amanda Stainer, Commercial Director for show organisers Farnborough International Ltd said, ‘We are delighted that the news has now been confirmed after weeks of speculation. We are incredibly pleased that the UK MoD and the US DoD have chosen the event to showcase the aircraft.’

She further added. “The JSF and F-35 programme has seen participation from nine partner countries including the United Kingdom. FIA will provide the perfect venue for many of the global supply chain companies involved in the programme to showcase their expertise”.

FIL Chief Executive, Shaun Ormrod also commented, “The F-35 Lighting II is one of the most advanced aircraft to be developed for a very long time and will create a great deal of interest at the show.”

The F-35 Lighting II’s presence at FIA14 also mark’s a unique aviation first with the aircraft’s VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) predecessor, the Harrier, also being present at the show. Speaking about the occasion, Shaun Ormrod said, “The Harrier has played a distinct role in modern aviation history, a hero of the Falklands War and a superb example of aviation technology. The opportunity to see the last and next generation of vertical thrust aircraft at the same venue marks a milestone in aviation history.”

Defence Secretary, Sir Philip Hammond announced yesterday that the F-35 Lighting II will make its international debut in the UK at the FIA2014 and RIAT. The decision to fly the combat aircraft outside of the United States for the first time, following discussions between Philip Hammond and his US counterpart, Secretary Hagel, is a further demonstration of the progress with the Lightning II programme. The selection of two UK airshows also demonstrates the significant role that Britain has in the programme. Approximately 15 per cent of every aircraft is built in the UK.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said, “The US and the UK have worked closely together on the F-35 project from the beginning. We are the only country that is a first tier partner in the project, which is sustaining tens of thousands of jobs in the UK. This fifth generation stealth combat aircraft will be a major boost to British combat air power and it is entirely fitting that the F-35’s first stop outside the United States will be in the UK.”

The F-35 will be making demonstration flights at both trade show and the public weekend. The Harrier comes to show from the Spanish Navy.

AIRSHOW NEWS: F-35 Lightning II jet to make maiden British flights at Air Tattoo and Farnborough


The combat aircraft will fly in Britain for the first time this summer at 2 airshows.

The F-35 Lightning II will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford and in the same month will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show.

This will be the first time the combat aircraft has flown outside of the United States. The selection of 2 UK airshows demonstrates the significant role that Britain has in the programme. Approximately 15% of every aircraft is built in the UK.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

“The US and the UK have worked closely together on the F-35 project from the beginning. We are the only country that is a Level 1 partner in the project, which is sustaining tens of thousands of jobs in the UK.”

“This fifth generation stealth combat aircraft will be a major boost to British combat air power and it is entirely fitting that the F-35’s first stop outside the United States will be in the UK – its second home.”

The MOD has 3 aircraft which are all currently based in the US undertaking training with Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots. Orders for further aircraft will be placed over the next few years.

The UK’s first operational Lightning II squadron, 617 Squadron, is scheduled to transition to RAF Marham in Norfolk from the US in 2018 ahead of flight trials of the Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier later that year.

The F-35 Lightning II will be capable of undertaking a wide range of operations from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions to high intensity combat, including air defence for a Carrier Task Group and offensive support for ground forces.

The Royal International Air Tattoo is open to the public from 11-13 July and Farnborough International Air Show is open to trade visitors from 14-18 July and open to the public 19-20 July.


AIRSHOW NEWS: U.S. set to approve international debut of F-35 fighter

From Reuters News Agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department is poised to approve the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet in July, when the new warplane is expected to take part in two international air shows near London, according to multiple sources familiar with the issue.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is “very close” to a decision that would allow two or three F-35s to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT, an annual military air show outside London, and the larger Farnborough air show, held every two years, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Britain, which contributed $2 billion (1.2 billion pounds) to the development of the new radar-evading fighter jet and plans to buy 138 F-35s in coming years, asked for the jet’s participation to help showcase the increasing maturity of the new radar-evading plane. Britain was also the first international partner on the program.

Details of the F-35′s international debut are being worked out, including how much it will cost to fly the planes to London and who will pay for it, but no issues have emerged to prevent the appearances, the sources said.

The costs will likely be shared by Britain, the Pentagon’s F-35 program office, the U.S. Marine Corps and industry.

Lockheed and Britain’s Ministry of Defense declined comment. Officials at the F-35 program office had no immediate comment.

“Having the aircraft front and centre on the UK stage will focus attention on the fact that it’s a fairly mature program at this point, with over 100 jets built,” said one of the sources.

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond is due to meet with Hagel during a visit to the United States this week, but they are not planning an announcement about the F-35′s UK debut, said one of the sources.

Current plans call for at least one of the participating F-35s to be one of the three F-35 B-model jets already built for Britain, with a UK pilot at the controls.

Participating in the international air shows will allow the Pentagon’s F-35 program to carry out additional training and learn how the plane’s logistics, maintenance, aerial refuelling, and security systems work overseas, the sources said.

“This will be an opportunity to learn real-world lessons and allow additional time to resolve any problems before the first airplanes are delivered overseas,” said one of the sources.

Lockheed and Britain’s Ministry of Defence declined comment. Officials at the F-35 program office had no immediate comment.

Lockheed is the main contractor on the $392 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program. Northrop Grumman Corp and Britain’s BAE Systems are the biggest suppliers.

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, builds the single engine that powers the plane. Britain’s Rolls Royce Group builds the lift fan that enables the B-model of the F-35 to land like a helicopter.

Boeing Co’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet is also due to fly at the RIAT air show.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Ros Krasny, Sandra Maler and Peter Cooney)

AIRSHOW NEWS: Farnborough International Ltd strengthens Chinese relationship

Continuing its long standing relations with the Zhuhai Airshow Company (ZACL), Airshow organiser and international consultants for civil, defence and business aviation events Farnborough International Ltd (FIL), has today signed an agreement to support the international sales and marketing efforts of Airshow China 2014.

The agreement will see FIL working toward increasing UK company participation at the 10th edition of the show which takes place from 11th – 16th November 2014 in Zhuhai. Officially known as the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, the trade show has steadily expanded since its first show in 1996 and saw 650 exhibitors from 39 countries attend in 2012. For the 2014 show, FIL will work with ZACL on a targeted list of aerospace companies that the organisers would like to see at the show.

China is already an attractive market for many western firms right across the supply chain and over the last few years has seen many organisations set up shop on China’s shores. Furthermore, China’s own aerospace industry has expanded and seen many western companies buying Chinese-made aviation parts.

Speaking about the agreement at the Singapore Airshow, FIL Commercial Director, Amanda Stainer said, “This new agreement is a significant step forward since signing the original MOU two years ago which saw mutual cooperation between our two organisations to promote each other’s events in our respective countries. As organisers of the Farnborough International Airshow, we have excellent relationships with all our exhibitors and are looking forward to participating at ZACL with a UK Group.”

Representing ZACL at the Singapore Airshow, Kitty Lin also commented; “The growth of Airshow China is testament to our growing aviation industry. We want to make the show the leading trade event for the East Asian market and look forward to FIL helping us achieve our goal.”

AIRSHOW NEWS: General Aviation to have a presence at Farnborough International Airshow

Farnborough International Limited (FIL), has confirmed that it will introduce a dedicated General Aviation (GA) Park as part of the new look Farnborough Airshow. The GA Park will showcase the latest in private and recreational flying and hopes to attract all the leading aircraft and helicopter manufacturers and distributors in the category.

Comprising a dedicated arena with marquee structures for each stand, exhibitors will have the opportunity to participate in the consumer event taking place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July or for a full seven days incorporating the five-day Farnborough International Airshow trade event.

Speaking about the announcement at the Paris Airshow, FIL Director heading-up the public airshow development, Trevor Barratt, said, “The GA Park will bridge the gap between the public and trade event; it will allow even more manufacturers and distributors to attend the world-class exhibition and showcase their products and it will introduce a new consumer audience to the show.”

FIL CEO, Shaun Ormrod further added, “As organisers of a major aviation expo, we want to put our expertise into putting on a great public event that stands apart from other airshows. The Farnborough Airshow brand is strong and we are confident the introduction of GA and other new features will attract a broader audience.”

The GA Park is just one element of Farnborough Airshow’s public weekend. The new look show will form a stand-alone consumer event with its own branding and deliver an even wider offering to visitors. As well as the 5 ½ hour flying spectacular, static aircraft display and other family attractions, plans for the event include a motor vehicle exhibition, high-end retail facilities, more interaction, enhanced grandstand seating from which to enjoy the air displays, advanced visitor packages, and a broader selection of food and beverage outlets.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Farnborough International Airshow 2014 – Sales exceeds targets as 40% of space already sold

Airshow Organisers, Farnborough International Ltd (FIL) today confirmed that combined sales of exhibition and chalet space for the Farnborough International Airshow 2014 have reached unprecedented levels with around 40% of total space already sold. To date, 38% of its shell schemes stands, 35% of its self-build stand space and a massive 56% of outdoor space have been booked for the show which will take place between 14-25 July 2014.

Just 7 months since the close of the 2012 event, the impressive sales are due to many companies taking advantage of the organiser’s ‘Early Bird’ deal offering exhibitors a saving of 4% on the advertised rates. While the offer has provided a great incentive to book early, with the closing date not untill the end of June, the volume of repeat customers is exceptional.

Hosted biennially, the next Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) has long been considered one of the world’s leading aerospace events and core to many aerospace companies’ sales and marketing strategy. The 2012 event saw over 1500 exhibitors attend from 39 countries, 153 aircraft taking parting in both static and flying displays and orders and commitments to the tune of US$72billion. With over 100,000 visitors attending across the five trade days, of which 53% don’t attend any other airshow, FIA has consistently proved itself to be a must-attend core industry event.

Speaking about the positive sales, FIL Commercial Director, Amanda Stainer said, “While orders and commitments may have totalled US$72billion at FIA2012, the true value far exceeds this as it moves across the supply chain. The early commitment from our exhibitors further reflects the show’s value. The early booking offer is open until 28th June ’13 so there is still plenty of time for companies who have not yet booked to take advantage of this incentive.”

FIL Chief Executive, Shaun Ormrod, further added, “As we move forward into the planning phase for the 2014, we will continue to invest in the show to create an event that our exhibitors and visitors benefit – a larger Space zone, improved security and unmanned systems feature areas, and a focus on new business sectors not featured at FIA before. We are looking forward to developing our ideas over the coming months.”

The early booking discount for FIA2014 runs until 28th June 2013. The FIL team will be present at the Australian International Airshow from 26 Feb – 1 Mar and will be available to discuss requirements for FIA2014 or visit

AIRSHOW NEWS: The Russians are coming to Farnborough

Airshow organisers Farnborough International Ltd are pleased to confirm that two of the Russian Knights’ Su-27s will be appearing at the Farnborough International Airshow. With just three weeks to go until the public weekend, this news is a great addition to an amazing five hour flying spectacular taking place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July 2012.

The Aircraft will be on display for the full seven days of the show, one will be on static display while the other will be displaying its awesome capabilities in the sky. Their only appearance in the UK this year, this is a rare opportunity to see this amazing fighter aircraft built by Sukhoi.

Entertainment is high on the agenda at the Farnborough Airshow with aerobatic display teams aplenty. The Breitling Jet Team, The Blades, RedHawks, Breitling Wingwalkers and of course the RAF Red Arrows will fly over the skies of Farnborough aerodrome performing stunts and tricks with speed and precision that visitors always enjoy. The solo displays will also be enhanced by the first appearance of a South Korean Air Force T-50 jet trainer in the colours of the Black Eagles display team and the exciting unlimited aerobatics of Mark Jefferies.

Sukhoi Su-27

Sukhoi Su-27

For the enthusiasts there are a whole host of military aircraft flying and on static display including the Boeing F/A18 Super Hornet, the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon and C-130J Super Hercules and the Yak-130. During the weekend, military greats from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight and Avro Vulcan XH558 will also be flying.

Visitors will also be among the first to witness the future of space travel with Virgin Galactic who will be presenting a full-scale model of SpaceShipTwo at the Farnborough Airshow. The world’s first ‘spaceline’, it will be able to offer passengers the opportunity to experience sub-orbital travel.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Farnborough International confirms solo Su-27 display from the Russian Knights

Russian Knights Su-27 at Bahrain International Airshow

Russian Knights Su-27 at Bahrain International Airshow


Farnborough International Ltd can confirm that two of the Russian Knight’s Su-27s will be displaying at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012. Their only visit to the UK this year, one aircraft will be on static display and the other will take part in the daily flying display on all seven days of the show.

You can read more about the Russian Knights in our own article.



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