The Black Sheds, the row of elderly aircraft hangars situated at the eastern edge of the Farnborough airfield, close to the runway’s final approach, have been an iconic feature at every airshow held at this historic Hampshire location. But the protected Listed Grade 2 structures have been standing there for a lot longer. In fact, they originally housed some of the earliest British military aircraft as squadrons were formed during the years that led up to World War I.
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
The 2012 Farnborough International Airshow is set to open on July 9, with almost 1,500 exhibitors from some 70 countries preparing to receive up to 120,000 business visitors (and potentially more than twice as many visitors again on the event’s public days). Overall, one quarter of 2012 exhibitors have increased the amount of space they’ve booked compared with their presence two years ago. Some 28 percent of 2012 exhibitors are exhibiting for the first time at Farnborough.
It is not too late to sign up to exhibit at next year’s Farnborough International airshow, but the remaining chalets and indoor exhibits are selling fast.
The first airplane to make a powered, controlled and sustained flight in Britain took place at Farnborough on October 16, 1908, continuing a tradition that had already made the airfield a center of aviation excellence. To celebrate that event, a full-size replica of Samuel Franklin Cody’s British army airplane Number 1A is making its first public appearance here.