The first SBAC display at Farnborough, 70 years ago this year, set the tone for much that followed
FARNBOROUGH AT 70
70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Much in British aviation has changed, but Farnborough, somehow, is a constant. ‘Somehow’ seems apposite, because one might think there are better venues at which to stage Britain’s major aerospace showcase — larger airfields, certainly, with far less urban encroachment, and thus the chance of hosting flying displays of a more unrestricted nature than are possible at the Hampshire airport. But there has never been any serious possibility of a move. Relative proximity to London is important, and now Farnborough International Ltd has invested so much in providing permanent exhibition facilities for the event, its future seems secure. And, even in the modern corporate world, tradition plays a part. The Farnborough ‘brand’ means more than would the name of another location.