Farnborough 2012

Mark Jefferies | Farnborough International Air Display 2012

Farnborough air show 2012-sequence-mark Jefferies Extra 330scMark can be seen putting his Extra 330SC through its paces on the public days on 13th – 15th July. The aerobatic display is extremely dynamic making use of all 3 axis the a/c flies around, oh and the 4th backwards! This year Mark has added considerably to the sequence by making use of the aircraft near 1 : 1 power/ weight ratio bringing the aircraft to a standstill and hovering then rolling and flying below the stall speed, known as “3D” flying. Flying with 25 lts fuel and no parachute and a light weight seat (1.5kgs) this makes all the difference !

Mark has flown previously at the Farnborough Air Show in 2009 and was a crowd favourite with his stunning aerobatic flying display – this was one of the first times the Extra 330sc had been seen in the UK. Farnborough Airport, or TAG London Farnborough Airport (IATA: FAB, ICAO: EGLF), is situated in Farnborough, Hampshire, England.

Farnborough Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P864) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (TAG Farnborough Airport Limited).

Samuel Cody - first powered flight at FarnboroughFarnborough became the location of the first powered flight in Britain when, on 5 October 1908, Samuel Cody took to the air in his British Army Aeroplane No 1. Samuel Franklin Cowdery (later known as Samuel Franklin Cody) (6 March 1867 – 7 August 1913) was born in Texas, USA. He was an early pioneer of manned flight, most famous for his work on the large kites known as Cody War-Kites that were used in World War I as a smaller alternative to balloons for artillery spotting. He was the first man to conduct a powered flight in Britain, on 16 October 1908. A flamboyant showman, he was (and still is) often confused with Buffalo Bill Cody whose surname he took when young.

Farnborough is also home to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, part of the Department of Transport.

History: Farnborough Airport has a long history of involvement with aviation in the UK, beginning in 1908 with the creation of His Majesty’s Balloon Factory. This subsequently became the Royal Aircraft Establishment, a connection which continues in the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust museum.

The civil enclave was operated by Farnborough Business Aviation until 2003, when the Ministry of Defence stopped operations at Farnborough. All experimental aircraft were moved to Boscombe Down. Commercial defence research continues to be carried out in the adjunct Cody Technology Park by research firm QinetiQ.

Farnborough Airfield appeared in the 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace, as the Austrian airport Bond flies from. The airfield was also a location used in the 2010 film, “Inception”


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