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?
Seen all those! 1958 was my first Farnborough when I was knee high to a grasshopper and I distinctly recall my Dad watching the "Black Arrows" climbing up with 22 Hunters and saying "My God, they're going to loop the lot". That was also the first time I saw the Fairey Rotodyne, but memories of that year are a bit vague.
However that was when the aviation bug really started as by the time the 1959 Farnborough show came around, I was better genned up and knew what I was looking at - the Fairey Rotodyne again with the 'Westland Circus' - Two Whirlwinds, Wessex, Saro P531, Westminster and Widgeon , the Black Arrows, the first sight of the BEA red square livery on the Vanguard and Comet 4B, the horrendously noisy Short SC.1 hovering, first Argosy, Twin Pioneer STOL demo .....and everything was British made!! The Fleet Air Arm display team of Scimitars from 807 Squadron was awsome! Two landed from one end of the runway and a third landed at the opposite end simultaneously
As they approached each other, they all folded their wings so the singleton could pass between the other two!!!
Imagine that being allowed today? Have been every year since!