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Recap: Farnborough Air Show day one

The Get Hampshire team has been at Farnborough Airport for the first public day of this year's air show

(c) Airbus Group - photo by JV. Reymondon Red Arrows at the opening of the 2014 Farnborough Air Show
Red Arrows at the opening of the 2014 Farnborough Air Show

12.25pm

GOOD DAY: Good afternoon and welcome to Farnborough International Airshow 2014.

After an unfortunate weather forecast we can count ourselves lucky that the showers appear to have dispersed, leaving us with some nice and warm - if a little cloudy – conditions to watch some aeroplanes.

On our dedicated airshow blog today we will be bringing you the sights and (loud) sounds at the show and running you through each flying machine as it makes its way through the skies.

This only happens once every two years so let’s make the most of it!

12.30pm


CAN I WORK HERE EVERY DAY?: Not a bad view out the office window today, is it?

There are 22 flying machines for the crowds to appreciate this afternoon. The displays start in a couple of minutes at 12.30pm and there will be one plane pretty much every 10-15 minutes through until 5.30pm.

12.35pm

NO NEED TO LOOK UP: For those of you who woke up with a stiff neck this morning, I’m going to do my level best to get a picture of every plane that is displayed this afternoon and put it right here in the blog.

I was anticipating running between my table and the viewing balcony kindly provided at the media centre here quite a lot this afternoon to fulfil that pledge, but I’ve now managed to get a place right next to the window!

12.40pm


WE HAVE LIFT OFF!:
The first planes to display for the public today are the Meteor and Vampire. There they go, flying side by side.

Don't worry, our photographer Chris Whiteoak is out there getting some far superior shots of the planes so we'll bring you a recap during the interval.

12.46pm

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

NO F-35:
There was some disappointment this week when it was announced the F-35 Lightning II would not be appearing due to a runway fire.

The US Department of Defence just wouldn't give it clearance to fly while investigations were continuing into the problem.

12.49pm

UNDETERRED: The public are not letting the disappointment of the F-35 no-show put them off though, as our roving reporter Henry Bodkin confirms.

 

12.58pm


WINGWALKING:
The Breitling Wingwalkers are next to get airborne, billowing out coloured smoke as they go.

They are now doing some incredible stunts in the air to the delight of the crowds.

1.03pm

BRAVE: Just caught a glimpse of the person stood on top of the wings of the planes as the first Breitling Wingwalker landed. Would you be brave enough to do that? I wouldn't.

1.06pm

FLYING SCHEDULE: Incidentally, this is the full list of aircraft involved in flying displays today.

You are currently watching the Great War Display Team.

AIRCRAFTDISPLAY START
METEOR & VAMPIRE1230
BREITLING WINGWALKERS1244
GREAT WAR DISPLAY TEAM1303
Airbus Group EFAN1319
AIRBUS A3801326
AIRBUS A400M1334
INTERVAL 
AGUSTA WESTLAND AW1591347
AEROSTARS1357
AVRO VULCAN1415
EXTRA 3001427
SUPER CONSTELLATION1437
TRESCAL STARDUSTER1447
BOEING F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET1456
SEA FURY1506
AV8B HARRIER1513
INTERVAL 
CANBERRA PR91527
AVRO ANSON1539
RAF RED ARROWS1559
BOEING P-8 POSEIDON1634
DC3 DAKOTAS1645
ECLIPSE JET EA5001657
EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON1706
SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE1718
1.12pm

NICE EFFORT: Look at Henry outdoing me with his photo of the Wingwalkers!

He also reports that father and son Mike and Brad Brunnem from Portsmouth were impressed, calling them 'very brave'.

1.19pm

DID YOU KNOW: The Great War Display Team aircraft are scattered all over the sky so I will wait for Chris to come back with his pro photo of those. In the meantime, here is a little fact about them.

The team started out in 1988 and was originally called The Wombats. The team has a total of nine aircraft, some of which were used in the Second World War, and I think we are lucky enough to have seen most of them today.

1.20pm

AIRBUS: Here comes the first big one. The Airbus Group EFAN is about to appear.

The Airbus A380 (below) is also being fired up for take-off.

 

1.30pm

Simon Taylor / Phooto The Red Arrows opened the Farnborough Air Show

RED ARROWS:
I am told that the Red Arrows hit another bird during their display yesterday. This, of course, follows a similar incident during their validation flight before the show began.

But the show will go on and the famous RAF display team, seen above opening the show on Monday, will perform at 3.59pm today. Very precise.

1.31pm

BEAST: I've just seen the Airbus A400M queuing up ready to follow the A380 and let me tell you it's a far meaner-looking animal. It's due to fly at 1.34pm.

1.45pm

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: There really is loads to do here today.

This ex-Chinook pilot clearly likes to take his work home as he tried out a simulator.

 

1.49pm

YOUR PICS: While Chris downloads his photos from the first part of the display, here is some reaction from all of you.

2.17PM

Colin Whyte The Vulcan Bomber

PART TWO:
We're under way in part two of the display and it's the one everyone's been talking about up next. The AvroVulcan will be taking off any minute now.

2.21pm


HIGHLIGHTS:
Here are some of the highlights of part one of the display.

The Meteor and Vampire started things off at 12.30pm.

2.25pm


HIGHLIGHTS:
The Breitling Wingwalkers were a favourite of the crowds.

2.29pm

LOUD: Just to interrupt the highlights reel for a minute. The Vulcan just took off and took everyone's ear drums with it. That was extraordinary!

 

 

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