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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

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!

2.33pm


HIGHLIGHTS: More from those brave souls wingwalking.

2.34pm


HIGHLIGHTS:
The Aerostars display.

2.35pm

HIGHLIGHTS: And the Airbus A380, which swooped low over the spectators.

2.45pm

VULCAN-MANIA: Here is some footage of the AvroVulcan landing after its display at the show.

We will bring you some more videos through the afternoon.

 

2.49pm

VULCAN-MANIA: Here is a picture of the AvroVulcan as it landed. A stunning sight but not half as loud as when it took off.

2.51pm

LIKE CLOCKWORK: I'm not sure the flying display schedule is being stuck to religiously but a few minutes either way isn't hurting anyone.

Here's a reminder of the full list posted earlier and now updated too.

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
3.03pm

AWESOME NOISE: Another loud aircraft in the form of the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet has just finished its display.

The weather has really surprised us here as there are now clear skies and very hot sunshine shining down on the show.

 

3.10pm

SUMMER FUN: The sun has come out, the kids are on holiday and the Farnborough Airshow is entertaining the thousands of people gathered here today.

 

3.15pm

SPOILSPORTS: Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Here's the good news.

Many spectators are taking to twitter to celebrate how hot and sunny it is now. This tweet shows that people who brought their umbrellas are using them to shelter from the heat.

 

However, the airshow organisers have just tweeted a weather bombshell that rain is expected.

Get out of here FIA, I remain certain that we're in for a glorious afternoon.

3.29pm


HIGHLIGHTS:
So part two of the flying displays is done and dusted. Here are the highlights.

The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet was a spectacular sight against the ever-bluer sky.

3.33pm


HIGHLIGHTS:
The Extra 300 pilot showed the plane's agility with some twists, spins and loop the loops. All with smoke pouring out the back.

3.37pm


HIGHLIGHTS:
The crowds were loving the sunshine during the second part of the flying displays.

3.39pm


HIGHLIGHTS:
The AvroVulcan, a favourite of the crowds, comes in to land.

3.41pm


HIGHLIGHTS: The Sea Fury aircraft flies overhead.

3.52pm


HIGHLIGHTS: The AV8B Harrier was another highly-anticipated sight and did not disappoint as it hovered above the runway.

 

3.54pm

STILL TO COME: Here's a reminder of what's still to come in Part Three. The Red Arrows are lining up on the runway.

RAF RED ARROWS1559
BOEING P-8 POSEIDON1634
DC3 DAKOTAS1645
ECLIPSE JET EA5001657
EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON1706
SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE1718
4.03pm


RED ARROWS:
Everyone's favourite red-themed display team have now taken off and begun their routine. Let's hope they don't hit any birds this time.

4.10pm

HE'S LOVING IT: Good on you, Jack.

 

4.12pm

RED ARROWS: Accelerating up to 400mpg, pulling 4G and barking commands at one another as they go.

 

4.25pm

THEY'RE BEHIND YOU!: Some love being shown for the Red Arrows this afternoon.

 

4.27pm

WOULD YOU SIGN THIS SKY FOR ME?: Come on, lads. Do you do requests?

4.34pm


TAKE A BOW:
The Red Arrows are all finished for the afternoon and any pigeons in the area can breathe easy again.

They did the corkscrew, they did the mirror and they did the one where they fly straight at each other and narrowly avoid a collision. It was a treat.

And the sun is still shining, despite the rain warning from FIA (see 3.15pm).

4.37pm

SUPER DUPER: Which brings us to our next display - the Super Constellation.

This was due to appear at 2.37pm but was sat on the tarmac with visitors being shown around it at the time.

4.40pm

RED ARROWS REACTION: Henry was out speaking to the self-confessed aviation geeks (#LMAvGeek has been all over Twitter this afternoon) during the Red Arrows display.

4.44pm

WE <3 RED ARROWS: Lots of people streaming towards the exit now that the Red Arrows have been on. The Super Constellation pilot must be shaking his fist in the cockpit. Tough act to follow.

4.57pm

SLOW AND STEADY: A trio of DC3 Dakotas are making their way slowly across the sky. It is a stark contrast to some of the high-speed planes we've seen today but no less impressive.

Don't forget, we still have the Spitfire to close the show at 5.18pm.

5.05pm


LUCRATIVE:
What is this many x£45? A standard entry ticket for the show was £45 this year so FIA will have seen a decent return on their efforts in producing what has been a cracking show.

On top of this, the food stall owners will have been rubbing their hands at offloading £5 sandwiches and £2.70 Coca Colas. I asked Henry, who'd been out eating hog roast, how much he'd paid for the pleasure but he said he didn't want to talk about it.

5.10pm

WHAT'S THE HURRY?: For those sticking around for a bit longer, there is still lots to do.

Many aircraft are still available to view up-close and there will be a much shorter queue.

 

5.18pm


HIGHLIGHTS: Here's a quick look back at part three of the flying displays. The DC3 Dakotas flew in formation following the Red Arrows Display.

5.22pm


HIGHLIGHTS:
The Super Constellation, which has earlier been parked up for spectators to look at, flew at about 4.40pm.

5.24pm


HIGHLIGHTS:
In the eyes of many, the Red Arrows were the high point of today. We have several stunning pictures of the display and some video and will use as many as we can in our round-up article, which is coming soon.

5.29pm

SPITFIRE: The old favourite from the Second World War is strutting its stuff across the sky as spectators file towards the exits.

5.30pm

GOODBYE: The aviation geeks will be leaving today with some great memories and a great sun tan.

I hope you've enjoyed the show, wherever you have been watching it. It's been a pleasure bringing you all the action.

Let's hope tomorrow is as good!

 

 

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