A feast of ac­tiv­i­ties is planned for the pub­lic

Air­show or­gan­is­ers have con­fi­dently pre­dicted pub­lic days will be ‘best yet’

Aldershot News & Mail - - FARNBOROUG­H AIRSHOW -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Air­show say this year’s pub­lic weekend will be the best ever.

As well as pro­vid­ing a weekend of avi­a­tion ex­cel­lence, Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional is con­fi­dent the fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer prom­ises a day out like no other.

The bi­en­nial air show at­tracts around 120,000 people and has been re­vamped.

Cel­e­brat­ing 100 years of avi­a­tion his­tory and com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­te­nary of the start of the First World War, this year’s at­trac­tions will stem from the Great War and run right through to to­day’s tech­nol­ogy.

On the ground, there will be an en­ter­tain­ment arena where Farn­bor­ough Air­show Live! will take place, fea­tur­ing a whole host of avi­a­tion-re­lated pro­gram­ming cen­tred around the show, in­ter­views with pi­lots, com­pe­ti­tions, live com­men­tary and stream­ing of the air dis­play with facts and in­for­ma­tion about the air­craft.

Ded­i­cated au­to­mo­tive and re­tail zones will also show­case the lat­est in au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy from leading man­u­fac­tur­ers and the lat­est fash­ions from a range of brands.

One of Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional’s new­est at­trac­tions is the gen­eral avi­a­tion park, which will fea­ture pri­vate and recre­ational air­craft, as well as he­li­copters, from the leading man­u­fac­tur­ers and dis­trib­u­tors in the cat­e­gory.

The Labyrinth of In­ven­tion is set to be an­other ma­jor at­trac­tion, fea­tur­ing live ac­tors, spe­cial ef­fects and a num­ber of chal­lenges as it takes vis­i­tors through an his­toric jour­ney through the his­tory of avi­a­tion.

Guests will also have the chance to get up close to a va­ri­ety of air­craft on static dis­play along the length of the run­way.

Start­ing at the east­ern end of the show­ground – Gate B – guests will find a vint-age air­craft park in­clud­ing ex­am­ples of air­craft from the dawn of avi­a­tion up to and in­clud­ing the World War I, such as the Sop­with Camel, the Wright Flyer and a Ble­riot XI.

Mov­ing along, a collection of US mil­i­tary air­craft will be dis­played and, as vis­i­tors walk to­wards the heart of the show, they will find air­craft from ev­ery decade of the past 100 years. Au­to­car will also be pre­sent­ing a ‘car vs air­craft’ stunt, where a clas­sic three-wheeler will race against a Spit­fire.

This year’s five-hour fly­ing dis­play will fea­ture his­toric air­craft dat­ing back to the Great War along­side mod­ern civil air­lin­ers plus thrills from aer­o­batic dis­play teams, wing walk­ers and para­chute teams. Re­quests to ex­hibit air­craft at the Farn­bor­ough Air­show reached a record num­ber this year and Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional has con­firmed more than 70 air­craft as part of the static line-up and a fur­ther 23 for the fly­ing dis­play.

This year’s pub­lic weekend takes place on July 19 and 20 and tick­ets are avail­able from www.farn­bor­ough.com.


Sarah Hard­ing in­tro­duced at­trac­tions for the air­show at a pre­view event at FIVE.

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