The Farnborough Air Show....Britain's aviation industry shop window....opened on Monday (7 September). Virtually every major?
The Farnborough Air Show....Britain's aviation industry shop window....opened on Monday (7 September). Virtually every major British aerospace company is displaying its "hardware" to a world-wide audience expected to exceed 12,000 visitors in the first four days.
Under the rules of the Air Show, which is only 40 miles from London, the only foreign aircraft permitted to appear are those with either British engines or incorporating a substantial proportion of British equipment. The Show is organised by the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), and comes at a time when British aviation is still in a reasonably prosperous phase. Last year (1969) export sales realised 308 million pounds sterling (740 million dollars).
During the day 100 aircraft passed overhead. They included the Harrier vertical take-off and landing fighter, the Anglo-French, Jaguar strike trainer, and B.A.C.'s One-Eleven "475" passenger jet.
The mid-afternoon appearance of the British version of the Anglo-French Concorde, which had flown from its base at Fairford, drew the rapt attention of thousands of aviation experts from many countries. Rolls Royce, the makers of the Concorde's engines, announced that...together with its French partners(SNECMA) it plans to exchange information with the American General Electric Company on means of reducing aircraft noise.
By the end of the first day, orders for British commercial aircraft worth well over five million pounds sterling (12 million dollars) had been confirmed.