Space travel and WWII battle at Farnborough AirshowBy Stephanie Cockroft
July 04, 2012
A SHOW-STOPPING line-up of exciting attractions is promising to provide a great day out for visitors at this year's Farnborough International Airshow.
Over the course of the two public days, on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, there will be the usual array of heart-stopping flying displays, as well as dozens of other events to entertain – whether people are interested in aviation history, model-making or futuristic travel.
Showgoers can be one of the first to witness the future of space travel from Virgin Galactic, which will be presenting unique exhibits at the airshow for the first time. Virgin Galactic is the world’s first commercial ‘spaceline’, developed as a six-passenger, twin-pilot spaceship.
With its test flight programme now well-advanced, the airline will offer passengers the opportunity to experience sub-orbital space travel from as early as this year.
Meanwhile, world-class skateboard, BMX and inline skate display team, Team Extreme, will make a return to this year's show, promising to wow the crowd with an array of daredevil stunts and tricks on both the Saturday and Sunday.
Team Extreme will also be bringing back its amazing breakdance show, featuring the impressive hip-hop and funk dance group, the Funkstylerz.
Those with a passion for history will not want to miss the War and Peace Battle of Britain Experience.
The comprehensive exhibition focuses on the most momentous 16-week battle during the summer and autumn of 1940.
Using a full-sized replica Supermarine Spitfire, a Hawker Hurricane and a Messerschmitt Me 109, the exhibition tells the story of three brave pilots who guided aircrafts during the campaign - Robert Stanford Tuck and Adolph ‘Sailor’ Malan, who were Allied pilots, and German Adolf Galland.
It also pays tribute to the brave women of the Air Transport Auxiliary, who acted as civilian ferry pilots by moving the planes around without instruments, radio or weapons.
Crafty-fingered showgoers will also be able to impress their family and friends at the model-building workshops taking place at the Airfix Make & Paint Event.
Anyone wanting to give model-making a try can go along to the Airfix stand and get their hands sticky with an opportunity to build and paint their own aircraft. There will also be a number of models on display, while staff will be on hand to discuss the hobby and sell a selection of Airfix models to buy and take home.