Amy Aviation is on a tour of the UK, visiting places well-known for their connection with UK aeronautics!
Today she’s in Farnborough which is in the south of the UK, not too far from London…
It is home to one of the biggest air events in the world – the famous Farnborough Air show! Maybe you’ve been to it yourself!
Most air shows display vintage planes – but Farnborough is famous for including some of the newest technology too, like the very latest Joint Strike Fighter and the F22.
Farnborough’s history goes back almost a century – in fact, Farnborough’s been part of aviation history right from the get go…
It was home to the very first airfield in the UK – and it’s where the first powered flight took place in 1908.
Farnborough is also a place well known for coming up with cool new advances in the science of flying.
From the first airborne cameras and flying clothing to high altitude ‘space suits’, night vision aids, head-up cockpit displays and the first carbon fibre experiments – the list of Farnborough’s aerospace contributions is endless.
Take this photo for example! That’s an F24 camera used for aerial reconnaissance. That’s a word that means collecting images to spy on people!
Today, Farnborough is home to an awesome technology park where scientists and engineers test new technology.
But they don’t just for the aerospace industry – they also undertake projects for the space industry, working on some of the technology for future Mars missions…
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