Highlights from the 2016 Farnborough Airshow
The engines have been powered down and the hangar doors are shut after another Farnborough International Airshow. Not even foul weather could put a dampener on proceedings, with the Boeing 737 MAX and Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II both making their airshow debut under grey skies. Here's a quick look at some of the highlights.
Fighter jet flyby
Farnborough was the first airshow to host the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II.
The supersonic fighter put on a show for the crowd, stopping in flight, hovering and then turning on the spot. Capable of short ski-jump takeoffs, the Joint Strike Fighter is one of the most technically advanced aircraft ever made. It was originally meant to be displayed at the 2014 Farnborough Show, before an engine fire grounded it for more testing.
Boeing takes the 737 to the MAX
This year Farnborough also hosted the first airshow appearance for the Boeing 737 MAX. According to the company, its latest generation 737 will use 20 percent less fuel than its predecessor, have a maximum operating range of 3,500 nautical miles (6,510 km) and a noise footprint that's 40 percent smaller than other single aisle aircraft.
X marks the spot for Airbus
Airbus, not one to be outdone, put on a show with its widebody aircraft at Farnborough this year. The A350 XWB entered commercial service at the end of 2015, offering a claimed 25 percent fuel efficiency advantage compared to the Boeing 777.
The company has secured more than 800 orders, and seven airlines have already received their planes delivered.