Harlequin67 wrote:My personal Farnborough moment was in 1988.
The 2 Mig-29's. This was there second western airshow after a previous visit to Finland, in 86 or 87(?).
Only a short time before this event the thought of Russian Air Force aircraft in England was unthinkable. The idea a Russian combat aircraft was in this country astounded me.
The arrival of these aircraft was big news with TV news coverage and newspaper articles covering the event.
The day I went to the airshow and saw these aircraft I knew this was an historical moment, the cold war had indeed thawed beyond what I ever could have expected. The static aircraft I saw was mobbed with people, my shots are only of the top of peoples heads and the upper side surfaces, not the best ever shot, but what it represents in the change of attitude to Russia, the chance of peace, the reduced nuclear threat are probably unimagineable to younger forum members. That was not lost on me when I saw the Red Star roundel on those aircraft.
There are truly few moments in history when a combat aircraft of a foreign power can herald a major shift towards peace and friendship from a stance of impending war, this was that moment.
DanO1978 wrote:UKAR's Display Frequency #3 will contain a major preview of the Farnborough airshow, reflecting the show's great history.
I'm on the lookout for seasoned UKARians who have stories to tell, and recollections of, some of the iconic years and aircraft that have made their mark on the SBAC shows of old (and relatively recent ones too...).
The Black Arrows looping 22 Hunters? Roly Falk rolling the Vulcan? Or maybe you remember seeing Javelins, Lightnings or some of Britain's weird and wonderful experimental machines? What about Concorde? The coming of the Russians post-Glasnost? The mighty Antonovs?
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