Farnborough International Airshow: Tuesday

Written and photographed by Tom Mercer | July 12th 2016

After the chaos that ensued yesterday afternoon, the team here at Farnborough worked through the night to get the site ready for day two of the airshow.

Due to the freak storms that forced closure yesterday afternoon, FIA announced that all Monday tickets would be valid again today. The improved forecast meant that a full afternoon of flying was able to go ahead as scheduled and though two years later than originally planned, the Lockheed Martin F-35 finally made it’s Farnborough debut.

It’s been a long day for many but there’s been plenty going on so check out our headlines below.


  • Sikorsky officially unveiled their new armed Black Hawk variant and announced that they’d be targeting existing Mi-24 fleets.
  • Airbus Defence announced that its conducting intensive paratrooping trials with the A400M.
  • Cobham have successfully demonstrated their aerial refuelling system on the Embraer KC-390 for the very first time.
  • Boeing and TUI finalised an order for 10 737 MAX and one 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
  • Boeing also confirmed the terms of a deal with Volga-Dnepr to supply the cargo giant with 20 747-8F aircraft.
  • Thales and Qinetiq have selected the Textron AirLand Scorpion Jet for the upcoming Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) bid.
  • Leonardo has confirmed a deal with an Asiatic country for two AgustaWestland AW119Kx helicopters and the supply of a complete radar system.
  • Sukhoi Civil Aircraft introduce the concept of a new aircraft, specifically designed to meet the requirements of professional sports teams, named SportJet. The airliner is scheduled for release and certification in 2018.
  • Medyacity launch new airshow in Turkey, the Eurasia Airshow, which will take place 25th-28th April 2018.

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