Farnborough To "Hang Around" Awhile

The grass was particularly green, and the trees clustered in their typically British style all 'round Farnborough. But in spite of the lovely setting, the mood had been somber just a few weeks ago.

Despite record numbers of exhibitors at Farnborough '96, the future of the airshow looked in question with the British government's announcment of plans to sell the site. Peter Taylor, SBAC's (Society of British Aerospace Companies) director of exhibitions, reported that just last week the government suggested that they will support the show, requiring any future purchaser to guarantee that the airshow can be held at Farnborough. One thing is certain, the site will be maintained for shows in 1998 and 2000, no matter what is decided. This commmitment had been made earlier by the British government.

So for now, Farnborough is here to stay. And while the next year may determine a different fate for the show, there will be at least two more airshows at Britain's best known aerospace venue.

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