The global aviation community gathered in the United Kingdom (U.K.) this month for the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA).
Leading up to the biennial event, the military and aerospace (mil/aero) industry was buzzing with excitement over several “firsts.” In fact, in advance of the show, Airshow Organizers Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) announced that the 2014 static aircraft park and the flying display would include more large-bodied aircraft than in recent years. “The show will also feature a number of Farnborough firsts this year across the seven days including the F-35 Lightning and Textron Airland Scorpion through to classics such as the ME262 and Spanish Navy’s Sea Harrier, which will be flying here for the first time,” FIL staff announced.
FIA 2014, held this month in Farnborough, England, welcomed several military and commercial aircraft to both the static aircraft display and the flying display. Among the aircraft making their Farnborough Airshow debut were:
- the Boeing 787 Dreamliner commercial airliner,
- Boeing P-8A Poseidon military aircraft
- Airbus A320neo single-aisle jetliner,
- Turkish T129 ATAK combat helicopter,
- Textron AirLand Scorpion light attack and Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) jet aircraft,
- and more.
The international aviation community voiced excitement over seeing the 787-9 in the flying display, as well as the Airbus A380 large-body airliner and A400M turboprop military transport aircraft; yet, most of the talk on the show floor, at vendor chalets, and at the static aircraft display centered on the F-35. This mil/aero geek also was excited to see major aircraft platforms at FIA2014.