Part 1 Static Display
Went to Farnborough International Airshow today. Being one of the world's largest and oldest airshows, there were a lot of aircraft that I haven't seen before.
To start with there was the #HiFly#A380 with the coral campaign livery. As it is an aircraft lease company the livery doesn't really matter as it needs to be repainted when leased. So it was really nice to see one of those lease aircrafts painted in a special livery. As it was a public day and also the last day of the airshow most of the new aircrafts have left. This included the Embraer KC-390 and E2, Mitsubishi MRJs, Airbus A320 neo, A330 neo, A220, Boeing 747-8F, Antonov AN-124 and L3 AT-802L. Which is basically every thing I went there to see in terms of static display... What was left was mostly the usual airshow lineup; C-17, C-130, F-16, F-15, AH-64, P-51, Spitfire, Avro Lancaster and so on. However, there were some interesting aircrafts too. It was my very first time to see the PBY-5A #Catalina and an operational #Harrier , M-346, T-100, Bristol 171, Gnat, P.180 Avanti II and the A350-1000.
I was very much looking forward to seeing the KC-390 and E2 for the first time... Many officials were saying that this year's RIAT had a better lineup of aircrafts. I guess I should be happy that I attended one of the largest airshow in the world but I think that's only for the business days... Other than the massive disappointment it was a relatively nice day. I haven't been to an airshow for a while so being there alone was quite refreshing. As Farnborough is one of the largest business jet airports in the UK there were many business jets taking off in the middle of the show. Seeing private jets takeoff was quite different to airliners taking off from Heathrow which was also nice. I was expecting a lot more aircrafts on static display today so that was also a disappointing thing. However to end thing on a positive note it was nice to finally see the Red Bull airforce.