Written and photographed by Tom Mercer | July 11th 2016
Farnborough International Airshow got off to a great start this morning as the show was officially opened by a flypast from the Red Arrows and F-35B.
Unfortunately the weather didn’t exactly play ball and the airshow site was thrown into chaos mid-afternoon when the airfield was subject to a freak storm; power was turned off in the main halls before being evacuated due to flooding. As a result, the show was drawn to a close almost 90 minutes early but there was still plenty of good news to come out of the first day of Farnborough.
After the show closed, Farnborough International Airshow later confirmed that due to the early closure, all Monday tickets will be valid for Tuesday too.
- The UK MoD confirmed the purchase of nine P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft and additional Apache helicopters from Boeing, in a deal said to be worth over $6 billion.
- Richard Branson confirms that Virgin Atlantic has placed an order for twelve Airbus A350-1000s, the first of which will be delivered in 2019.
- Boeing confirmed the technical feasibility of a 777-10.
- Bell Helicopters says its pushing the V-22 Osprey for the German Air Force heavy-lift rotor-craft requirement and says that the Royal Navy may also be interested in a future purchase.
- CargoLogicAir, the latest British cargo airline, announces a Memorandum of Understanding to be the BLOODHOUND Project’s exclusive air cargo partner.
- Leonardo announced a new variant of the M-346 aircraft, the M-346FT, which will allow the aircraft to act as a fighter platform as well as an advanced jet trainer.