Decades of Farnborough show attendance have brought many memories of some of the show’s greatest spectacles and biggest surprises


1958’s Black Arrows set a wholly new standard for formation jet aerobatics, and cemented a Farnborough legend. The 16-Hunter roll the No 111 Squadron team performed was as impressive to many as the preceding 22-ship loops, if not more so.

As the show celebrates its 70th anniversary at the Hampshire airfield this year, the name Farnborough remains synonymous with British aviation, even if the glory days of the industry are largely over. Today, Farnborough Airport is privately owned and operated by TAG, ‘a purpose-built airport for business, for privacy, for London’ as the website proclaims. And although the needs of a business airport and those of the airshow run far from parallel, for a week in July every two years the two co-exist without, seemingly, too much disruption on either side.

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