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Farnborough Air Show countdown: The 1950s and 1960s

Get Hampshire looks back at the Farnborough Air Show in the 1950s and 1960s

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Concorde prototype comes into land at Farnborough Airshow with nose drooped and under carriage lowered

It's 66 years since Farnborough Airport first hosted its first airshow in 1948.

Initially an annual event, it became biennial in 1962 but has still gone on to wow the crowds for decade after decade.

Highlights in the air show's first decades included 1953's show which featured the V-bombers - Valiant, Vulcan and Victor - together for the first time, and Neville Duke flying the scarlet Hunter WB188 in which he had recently regained the world speed record for Britain at 727.6mph.

Other aircraft to have visited between 1948 and 1978 include:

  • 1948: Twin-jet single-seat flying boat fighter, the Saunders Roe SR.A/1
  • 1949: Prototype de Havilland Comet
  • 1949: Eight-engine Bristol Brabazon
  • 1962: Hawker P.1127 VTOL fighters, the forerunner of the Harrier
  • 1962: Vickers VC10
  • 1962: de Havilland 125


If you haven't seen it already, you can also check out our photos and video from the 1994 show.

Did you attend some of the earliest air shows in Farnborough? Please share your memories, photos and videos with our digital team .

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