Farnborough International 2016

Trade show, Farnborough, Hampshire, England 11th – 15th July 2016

Report by Peter Davison

It is becoming a tradition that Farnborough follows RIAT so the power of attraction concentrates the minds of military manufacturers and operators on even-numbered years. Hence, their is duplication of military items but Farnborough’s civil contributors and business oriented exhibition extends it’s coverage right across the aeronautical spectrum. Although the F-35 stole the headlines, it was the debut of the new airliners that opened cheque books.

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Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, England 8-10 July 2016

Report by Peter Davison and Colin Coulthard

Well, what a show this year. The long awaited UK debut for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that cancelled at the last minute in 2015. Not satisfied with that and with it being a Farnborough year, the organisers attracted no less than six examples for our education and pleasure. Three Air Force A models from the training wing in Luke, Arizona, two B models from MCAS Beaufort , South Carolina and the first RAF B model. Combine that with an A330 tanker from Australia and Boeing 767 from Japan and you realise the extensive reach of the Air Tattoo team and the reputation of this, the largest military airshow in the world.

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AeroExpo 2016

AeroExpo, Sywell Aerodrome, Northants, England. 1-3 July 2016

Report by Peter and Kim Davison

This annual trade show brings together general aviation pilots and traders and attracts considerable interest for photographers and enthusiasts. The fly-in popularity is, naturally, subject to the variations in the British weather and resultant forecasts.

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