Farnborough Airshow 2016
At Page and Cooper flying is part of our DNA. Meticulous timekeeping being called for, we represent and sell some of the most intriguing ranges of Pilot’s watches to be found anywhere in the world. At Page and Cooper, we live and breathe aviation. And so it is only natural that we should attend the 2016 Farnborough Airshow on the prestigious opening Trade Day.
Since the year 1920, there has been an RAF Airshow. First at Hendon Aerodrome (just 4 miles from the Page and Cooper showroom) and subsequently, after the Second World War at Radlett Aerodrome (just 3 miles away!). In 1948, at a time when Britain led the world in aviation innovation, the RAF Airshow moved to its present site at Farnborough, Hampshire. These were our halcyon days with the development of the Comet, the Canberra, the Vulcan and the Victor amongst many others.
Today the Farnborough Airshow is at the forefront of aviation innovation and is joined by partners worldwide. Airbus, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas are represented along with numerous other leading companies. Professionals, both military and civilian, meet to discuss and do business worth billions of pounds. In just one week more than 200,000 professionals and enthusiasts attend.
We had the pleasure of joining our good friends at Air International for interviews with the press and also took the opportunity to meet with many of our customers. We showed a fine selection of our aviation watches to create not only an interesting display of state-of-the-art Pilot’s watches but also a historic one.
We showed classic Laco and Hanhart watches alongside contemporary and technically advanced watches from Marathon. The latter of these are in use with the US Marine Corps and the US Air Force amongst others. Damasko Pilot’s watches as used by EADS Eurofighter Typhoon pilots alongside Sinn Spezialuhren with their Pilot’s watches which are tested and certified to the new German standard DIN8330.
Of course Aviation and Aerospace are at the forefront of technology and we made time to tour the show’s vast site to view some of the latest developments. QinetiQ launched 'Shape Memory' which was originally designed to mitigate damage to an aircraft. It is made from a mesh of titanium alloy wires woven into a carbon fibre reinforced polymer. QinetiQ claims that it can reinforce structures threefold and after impact structures return to an original shape. A future material for use in watchmaking perhaps?
We visited our friends at Boeing who displayed a superb exhibition which celebrated their centenary in aviation. It is a fact that the UK is buying nine Boeing maritime patrol aircraft and fifty Apache attack helicopters for the British army.
Swedish colleagues at Saab impressed with an exhibition featuring the company’s very successful Gripen fighter plane. We welcomed the chance to meet with test pilots to discuss why they should be wearing watches from Page and Cooper!
And lastly. We just had to witness the amazing air display. Farnborough marked the public debut for Britain’s first F-35 jet fighter which appeared alongside the Red Arrows display team. The huge Airbus A380 passenger jet was tossed around the sky with impressive abandon.
At Page and Cooper we remain totally committed to the Aviation industry and as ever we have some fascinating surprises in our pipeline. Remember, if you too love Aviation watches why not get in touch?
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