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Old 31st May 2018, 16:18
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Farnborough International 2018 - Ticket Prices

Brochure for Farnborough International 2018 fell out of my favourite aviation magazine. If visiting be prepared to dig deep for tickets - 50 if bought on the day!

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Old 31st May 2018, 16:44
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I'd rather watch from outside!
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Old 31st May 2018, 18:03
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This comes up every two years, 50 sounds a lot, but for your 50 you get a whole days entertainment, where as a premiership match (Chelsea for example) at 105 you only get 90 mins !
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Originally Posted by HEATHROW DIRECTOR View Post
I'd rather watch from outside!
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(From 1974 to 2008, I always got in free)
Try watching from Morrison's car park at Southwood; you get a good view of the displays from the north and there's bogs and hot food in the supermarket, plus a pub next door.
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Our son got us freebies once but never had any via work. Tnx for the tip.
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As local residents we used to get free tickets, not anymore. This was a thank you from the organisers for the disruption to normal life for a week or so. I'm not complaining, the show brings much needed income to the area, but the free tickets were a welcome gesture.
Once you have paid your entry fee, the price of food and drinks is eye watering.
Lots of people watch from the corner by Barons BMW, or the Swan does a package where you can watch from their deck. I think the ticket includes food.
Good views from MOD ground at west end of runway, but be prepared for a long hike or mountain bike to get there as all local car parks and many access areas are cut off for the duration of the show. Excellent views from top of Caesars Camp if the military do not cut it off. I have also viewed from beside the tower on Tweseldown, but I suspect the new owners may put a stop to this.
I will probably be able to see enough from my back garden!
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I find that there is very little of interest/variety in the last decade or so at Farnborough, and would not pay the entry fee.

My last visit was 4 or 6 years ago and I parked up my motorbike at the western end (can't now as said above) and watched from the extended centreline up the small hill for about 45 minutes and saw all I wanted to.

Bit of a borefest imho.
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I once got in free by turning up earlier than the ticket-seller at the gate was ready.

My wife once got in free by saying - correctly - that one of the display pilots was her cousin.
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If you are a member there is the Costco car park , if anyone asks your wife is inside doing the shopping . Also the roundabout on the main road just northwest of there is always good spot but pretty busy.
Not sure what there is to see these days as new civil types now in service and can be seen daily at LHR , no one is going to be that bothered about looking at the latest 737 iteration or an A321 with new engines so anyone know what might be worth the effort?
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Historic Farnborough public-day prices per the good old Flight archives:

1950 3s weekend ( no public on Friday )
1960 1 Friday, 5s weekend
1970 20s Friday, 10s weekend
1980 5 Friday, 4 weekend
1990 11
2000 15 in advance or 20 at the gate.

Additional per-vehicle parking charges applied although in those days I reckon most people arrived by other means.

It would be interesting to align those with contemporaneous average daily pay.

Nowadays a single-day ticket for RIAT is 55, so Farnborough sadly seems to be in line with the cost of 'large UK airshow' these days.
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Frankly as the displayline restrictions are likely to be the same as for 2016, so it's highly probable that nothing will be worth watching anyway.

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I've never paid for Farnborough tickets before (In the past dim dark days my company gave me freebies) and 50 isn't going to make me want to pay for this years show.

So, for that reason I'm oot!
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DC-6 and Harrier would be tempting but 50 is a lot of cash in real terms.
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As said above, due to this and that, it's not the airshow it once was and it could easily run to 100 per person if you include food and drink and what have you. For that money, as a pure airshow, there are alternatives with more bang for your buck, so to say. I've been many times over the years, not fully appreciating just how full and varied the programme was back in the day. I got a freebie exhibitor ticket in 2012, but even with the advantages that afforded me, I was lift disappointed. A few times I've been to The Swan and enjoyed the end of the runway and the refreshments (extra). An abiding memory there was the aluminium overcast of the A380 as it came in to land and the noise and draught of the Spanish Navy Sea Harrier as it crabbed along slowly towards the runway during it's display.
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I was 'forced' to go every airshow from 1974 to 2008; I 'designed' the flying display programme from 1976 to 2004.
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack View Post
...and the noise and draught of the Spanish Navy Sea Harrier as it crabbed along slowly towards the runway during it's display.
To be pedantic - the Spanish Navy has never had any Sea Harriers. Only the Royal Navy, the Indian Navy and one private owner have ever owned Sea Harriers.

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You are, of course, correct sir! However, I'm now unsure if what i saw was a Harrier, or an AV-8B ?
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As always you see much more o'nt telly at Farnborough .... However still go to live sport, better than the TV
Remember Raymond Baxter doing his bit(s) much better..

Once they stopped the sneaking up behind the crowd with fast and loud, I gave up
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
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Try watching from Morrison's car park at Southwood; you get a good view of the displays from the north and there's bogs and hot food in the supermarket, plus a pub next door.
Nothing really flies that far out nowadays Im afraid
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As local residents we used to get free tickets, not anymore. This was a thank you from the organisers for the disruption to normal life for a week or so. I'm not complaining, the show brings much needed income to the area, but the free tickets were a welcome gesture.
Once you have paid your entry fee, the price of food and drinks is eye watering.
Lots of people watch from the corner by Barons BMW, or the Swan does a package where you can watch from their deck. I think the ticket includes food.
Good views from MOD ground at west end of runway, but be prepared for a long hike or mountain bike to get there as all local car parks and many access areas are cut off for the duration of the show. Excellent views from top of Caesars Camp if the military do not cut it off. I have also viewed from beside the tower on Tweseldown, but I suspect the new owners may put a stop to this.
I will probably be able to see enough from my back garden!
Technically you still get a free ticket being local, ie buy one get one free
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