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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FLYING SCHEDULE: Incidentally, this is the full list of aircraft involved in flying displays today.
You are currently watching the Great War Display Team.
|METEOR & VAMPIRE||1230|
|GREAT WAR DISPLAY TEAM||1303|
|Airbus Group EFAN||1319|
|AGUSTA WESTLAND AW159||1347|
|BOEING F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET||1456|
|RAF RED ARROWS||1559|
|BOEING P-8 POSEIDON||1634|
|ECLIPSE JET EA500||1657|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
YOUR PICS: While Chris downloads his photos from the first part of the display, here is some reaction from all of you.
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.
HIGHLIGHTS: Here are some of the highlights of part one of the display.
The Meteor and Vampire started things off at 12.30pm.
HIGHLIGHTS: The Breitling Wingwalkers were a favourite of the crowds.
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!