Great War Display Team

Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Fokker D1R Triplane
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c
Royal Aircraft Gactory SE5a
Royal Aircraft Gactory SE5a
Royal Aircraft Gactory SE5a
Royal Aircraft Gactory SE5a

F16 Flying Falcon

F16 Falcon

F16 FalconFlying through the air at speed heats up the surface of the aircraft, especially the leading edges. This in turn vapourises the moisture in the air, which produces these wonderful vapour trails.

F16 Falcon
Flying through the air at speed heats up the surface of the aircraft, especially the leading edges. This in turn vapourises the moisture in the air, which produces these wonderful vapour trails.
F16 Falcon
Flying through the air at speed heats up the surface of the aircraft, especially the leading edges. This in turn vapourises the moisture in the air, which produces these wonderful vapour trails.

F16 Falcon

F16 Falcon

F16 Falcon

F16 Falcon

F16 Falcon

F16 Falcon

F16 Falcon

F16 Falcon

 

The Blades Aerobatic Display Team

This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018

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This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The blades have a team of 14 people, including 5 pilots, ground crew and support team. They fly the Extra EA 300s, which was purpose-built for aerobatics.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The Blades are one of only two aerobatics display teams who can begin their show by flying over the crowd, the other being the Red Arrows.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
Each of the Blades pilots have an extensive history of flying hours, and are all former Red Arrows Pilots.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
Of the five pilots, four are men along with the only woman to have been a Red Arrows pilot.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The Extra EA 300s is purpose built for aerobatics, and can pull 12G on some of the maneuvers, two and a half times more than a Formula One racing car.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
This is one of the two “breaks” that the team do. I’ve caught this one particularly nicely.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The Extra EA 300s is a two-seater aircraft, and it is possible to pay for a flight as a passenger. Go on, I dare you. Tell me what it’s loke.

AV8B Harrier

The Harrier is always a crowd pleaser. Although it is no longer is active service with the British armed forces, it is still used by the Airforce and Navy of other countries. The two that were used for display at the Farnborough International Airshow are in service with the Spanish Navy.

The Harrier is a VSTOL aircraft – Vertical, Short, Take off, Landing, and this means that it can adjust its exhaust (vector) nozzles so that it can take off vertically or with an increased trajectory so that it doesn’t need to roll down a long runway. These are especially useful for landing in areas where there is no runway or a shorter runway is in use, such as on an aircraft carrier or in a jungle.

Adjusting the vectoring  nozzles whilst in flight gives the Harrier some unique aerial skills and maneuverability. These were an important contributing factor during the Falklands war.

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A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The undercarriage is being raised, time for some aerobatics, lets see what this bird can do.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The Harrier is powered by a single Rolls Royce Pegasus engine. It is so noisy when hovering. It’s pointless talking to friends or family at this point because you cannot hear anything other the power and whistle of this amazing engine.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The undercarriage is only lowered for take off and landing. Having it down all of the time would create drag and reduce maneuverability, which is of course true for all aircraft.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
Here the vectoring nozzles are in the third position, vertical, and this gives the Harrier the ability to take off vertically and also to hover.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
In this photo you can see the vectoring nozzles in the second position, diagonal, and this provides for smooth forward lift.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
Many people go to an airshow because of the Harrier, the Red arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial flight.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
Thrust vectoring is possible because the Harrier has two adjustable exhaust nozzles on either side of the fuselage. You can see one of these to the rear of the circular Spanish colours, with the other a few feet further back.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The spindley daisy wheels provide support to the wings whilst the Harrier is on the ground.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The vector nozzles are facing down which means that the aircraft can hover. Whilst hovering it can point its nose up or down and also move along the horizontal as well as vertical plane.
The Harrier is always a crowd pleaser. Although it is no longer is active service with the British armed forces, it is still used by the Airforce and Navy of other countries. The two that were used for display at the Farnborough International airshow were in service with the Spanish Navy.
A photo of an AV8B Harrier at the Farnborough International Airshow
The pilot waves to the crowd at the end of his display.

 

Airbus A350 1000

A photo of the Airbus A350 1000 taken at Farnborough International Airshow.

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A photo of the Airbus A350 1000 taken at Farnborough International Airshow.
The Airbus A350 1000 was without doubt ny favourite aircraft at the Farnborough airshow. It was so quiet and moved so gracefully..
A photo of the Airbus A350 1000 taken at Farnborough International Airshow.
The Airbus A350 1000 was without doubt ny favourite aircraft at the Farnborough airshow. It was so quiet and moved so gracefully..
A photo of the Airbus A350 1000 taken at Farnborough International Airshow.
A great photo of the Airbus A350 1000 as it comes in to land. The angle makes it appear that the A350 1000 is making its descent over the Blades Aerobatics Display Team.
A photo of the Airbus A350 1000 taken at Farnborough International Airshow.
I love this photo because of the background. Just outside the hanger is a Bristol Blenheim, a Spitfire and the Blades Aerobatics Display Team.
A photo of the Airbus A350 1000 taken at Farnborough International Airshow.
The Airbus A350 1000 was without doubt ny favourite aircraft at the Farnborough airshow. It was so quiet and moved so gracefully..
A photo of the Airbus A350 1000 taken at Farnborough International Airshow.
I like how the camera angle makes it appear that I am flying above the Airbus A350 1000. My favourite photo of this aeroplane.
A photo of the Airbus A350 1000 taken at Farnborough International Airshow.
The Airbus A350 1000 was without doubt ny favourite aircraft at the Farnborough airshow. It was so quiet and moved so gracefully..
A photo of the Airbus A350 1000 taken at Farnborough International Airshow.
The Airbus A350 1000 was without doubt ny favourite aircraft at the Farnborough airshow. It was so quiet and moved so gracefully..
A photo of the Airbus A350 1000 taken at Farnborough International Airshow.
I like the shape of the wing and how it is attached to the fuselage. The photo appears a little blurry and this is caused by the heat haze.

 

 

Photos Of The Red Arrows And A Few Other Static Aircraft From The Farnborough Airshow

cofUSAF F15 Eagle

oznorUSAF Eagle engines with a combined total of 44,000 lbs of thrust

oznorThe Red Arrows Aerobatics Display Team

Always a crowd pleaser. Here there are a full compliment of 10 Red Arrows. The 10th is a reserve aircraft encase one of the 9 fails it’s pre flight test, there is also a reserve pilot. Currently the Red Arrows are only completing fly pasts rather than aerobatics following an accident that they had over the past couple of years, and the tragic Shoreham air disaster in 2015. A Hawker Hunter crashed into a road during its display, with the tragic loss of life of 11 people.