Every second year the aviation industry and aircraft enthusiasts from around the world converge at the Farnborough Aerodrome in Hampshire (just outside London) for the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), the world's most iconic global aviation event. This year attracted over 107,000 trade visitors with 1500+ exhibitors showcasing their technology. Over 70 military delegations from 46 countries attended with a further 13 delegations from the civil sector. It was a diverse gathering of all kinds of aircraft under a true British sky—thick grey clouds that ensured the event never turned dry.
Despite the shrinking economy, business was flourishing with orders and commitments confirmed at $72 billion, covering a total of 758 aircraft. The figures represent a 53% increase on the 2010 show. Over 140 aircraft were on display including the impressive Boeing 787 Dreamliner which flew on the first three days of the show and the Airbus A380 in attendance for the full seven days.
We shot them all (with a camera of course) and are delighted to present a visual summary in this gallery to you. Highlights also include a full scale model of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, a flying display of the tilt rotor Bell Boeing V22 Osprey, a look inside the Boeing Globemaster III, and a private aircraft converted to be flown by wheelchair users.