FARNBOROUGH, England, 15 July 2014. Farnborough International Ltd. officials have received a record number of requests to exhibit aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) in both the static aircraft park and the flying display, including more large-body aircraft than in recent years. To date, more than 70 aircraft are confirmed as part of the static lineup and another 23 for the flying display.
The show also features a number of Farnborough firsts this year across the seven days, including the F-35 Lightning and Textron Airland Scorpion through to classics, such as the ME262 and Spanish Navy’s Sea Harrier, which is flying at FIA for the first time.
The theme for the public airshow this year is “100 years of aviation” and features aircraft from every decade of the past century. The public weekend also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a display by the Great War Display team.
FIL has secured more flying and static display aircraft than ever before appearing for the public, officials say. A highlight this year will be a ‘training zone’ with military training aircraft on show from the past century.
Another new feature of the static display will be the vintage aircraft collection tent, where we will have examples of aircraft from the dawn of aviation up to and including the first world war such as the Sopwith Camel, Wright Flyer and Bleriot XI.
For Futures Day a highlight will be a flying display from 2 aircraft completed as part of the Boeing-Royal Aeronautical Society Schools Build a Plane program.