Farnborough Airshow

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Farnborough Airshow
Farnborough in 2006
Genre Air show
Dates July
Frequency Even years
Venue Farnborough Airport
Location(s) Hampshire, Great Britain, United Kingdom
Country United Kingdom
Attendance 209,000 (2012)
Organised by Farnborough International Limited
Aircraft on static display at the 2006 Farnborough show.
The AgustaWestland stand, 2006
Avro Vulcans and Avro 707s fly at the 1953 Farnborough show.
The Airbus A380 at Farnborough in 2006.

The Farnborough International Airshow is a week-long event that combines a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries with a public airshow. The event is held in mid-July in even-numbered years at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, United Kingdom. The first four days (Monday to Thursday) are dedicated exclusively to trade, with the final three days open to the public.[1]

The airshow is an important event in the international aerospace and defence industry calendar, providing an opportunity to demonstrate civilian and military aircraft to potential customers and investors. The show is also used for the announcement of new developments and orders, and to attract media coverage.

It is the second largest after Le Bourget, ahead of Dubai Air Show or Singapore Air Show.[2] It is organised by Farnborough International Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of ADS Group. In 2012, it attracted 109,000 trade visitors over the first five days, and 100,000 public visitors during the weekend. Orders and commitments for 758 aircraft were announced, worth US$72 billion.[3]


Flying occurs on all seven days, and there are also static displays of aircraft outside and booths and stands in the indoor exhibition halls. On the Saturday and Sunday most of the exhibitions halls are shut, but there is a travelling funfair and children are admitted.

The airshow alternates with the Paris Air Show, which is held in odd-numbered years and has a similar format, and is held in the same years as the Berlin Air Show.


The Farnborough Airshow has its origins in the annual RAF Airshow at Hendon from 1920 to 1937. On 27 June 1932, the Society of British Aircraft Constructors held an exhibition of 35 aircraft by 16 companies at Hendon as a showpiece for the British aircraft industry. After World War II, the show recommenced at Radlett (the site of Handley Page's airfield) in 1946 and was held there until 1948, when the show moved to its present location of Farnborough, Hampshire, home of the Royal Aircraft Establishment, about 30 miles (48 km) south-west of central London.


In 1952, 31 people were killed (twenty-nine spectators, one pilot, and one navigator) when a DH.110 jet fighter disintegrated in flight and crashed into the crowd.

Complementary information

At the 1958 show, the Black Arrows executed a 22-plane formation loop.[4] This remains a world record for the greatest number of aircraft looped in formation.

The show was initially an annual event, but has been biennial since 1962. It has become an international event that attracts exhibitors from all over the world — with the exception, during the Cold War, of countries from the Soviet Union.

From 1996 the show has had its own official radio station operated by the staff and students of nearby Farnborough College of Technology, although it did not operate in 2012.

See also


  1. ^ "Farnborough International Airshow - Welcome to the world's greatest airshow!". Farnborough.com. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Peter Shaw-Smith (November 8, 2017). "2017 Dubai Airshow Expected To Be Largest Yet". AIN. 
  3. ^ "US$72 billion of confirmed orders at Farnborough International Airshow 9-15 Jul 2012". Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "display team | 1958 | 1- - 0383 | Flight Archive". Flightglobal.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 

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