Closing time comes to Farnborough Air Show

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom -- A small child looks astonished by the cockpit features of a C-17 Globemaster at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show July 25. The utility helicopter and crew traveled from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to participate in this year's show allowing approximately 285,000 spectators to tour their aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Col. Robert Suminsby)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom â? Marine Sgt. Marlin Benitez, with the Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMLA 367), Camp Pendleton, California, explains the features in the cockpit of a UH-1Y to Shona Waddell at the Farnborough International Air Show July 20. Benitez is part of approximately 70 other aircrew and support personnel from bases in Europe and the United States that participated in the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom â? Marines from the Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMLA 367), Camp Pendleton, California, display the UH-1Y Venom at the Farnborough International Air Show July 20. The UH-1Y was introduced in 2008 and is known as a true utility helicopter that meets many mission requirements including command and control, escort, reconnaissance, troop transport, medical evacuation and close air support. The team of ten Marines joined approximately 70 other aircrew and support personnel from bases in Europe and the United States to participate in this global iconic event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom â? Marines from the Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMLA 367), Camp Pendleton, California, display the UH-1Y Venom at the Farnborough International Air Show July 20. The UH-1Y was introduced in 2008 and is known as a true utility helicopter that meets many mission requirements including command and control, escort, reconnaissance, troop transport, medical evacuation and close air support. The team of ten Marines joined approximately 70 other aircrew and support personnel from bases in Europe and the United States to participate in this global iconic event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — Navy Lt. Ray Bieze, F/A-18F pilot, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. tours a group of aviation enthusiasts around an F/A-18F Super Hornet during the Farnborough International Air Show July 20. Lieutenant Bieze explained the different areas around the aircraft and capabilities of the Super Hornet to the group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — Navy Lt. Ray Bieze, F/A-18F pilot, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Points out onboard munitions on a static F/A-18F Super Hornet to young aviation enthusiasts during the Farnborough International Air Show July 20. More than 285,000 trade and public visitors attend the biennial Farnborough Air Show. This year, 38 different countries are represented at 29 international pavilions. The air show will run through the week, with the last two days open to the public. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — Air Force Master Sgt. Brain Pfender, 48th Maintenance Operations Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, speaks with the F-15 Strike Eagle pilots at the U.S. coral at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show. Pfender is the maintenance operations supervisor for the U.S. military assets at Farnborough. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom ~~ An Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon, from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, gets ready to touch down after a demo displaying the F-16CCâ?s superior handling and maneuvering capabilities to more than 285,000 aviation enthusiast during the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show July 21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — An Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon, from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes off from the runway to perform an aerial demonstration for more than 285,000 onlookers at the Farnborough International Air Show July 21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — An Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon, from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, performs high G-force maneuvers during a demonstration for more than 285,000 aviation enthusiasts at the Farnborough International Air Show July 21. This week-long event showcases the latest in aerospace equipment and technology. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom —A B-52H Stratofortress from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota performs a flyover at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show July 22. The aircraft was one of 11 U.S. military assets either on static display or performing aerial demonstrations for approximately 285,000 spectators at the week-long event. The Stratofortress, a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions, has been the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force for the United States for more than 40 years and provides global strike and combat-support capabilities to geographic commanders as part of the 5th Bomb Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather M. Norris)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom -- Air Force Senior Airman Diana Escobar, 100th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, points a spectator to an entry control point at the U.S. coral at the Farnborough International Air Show July 22. The security forces team served as a physical deterrent providing 24-hour surveillance of all U.S. military assets throughout the duration of the show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather M. Norris)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Anderson, 100th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, stands guard in front of the Army's RQ-7b Shadow at the U.S. coral at the Farnborough International Air Show July 22. The security forces team served as a physical deterrent providing 24-hour eyes on all U.S. military assets throughout the duration of the show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather M. Norris)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — An Air Force F-22 Raptor from the Third Wing, 90th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, performs tactical maneuvers during an aerial demonstration for more than 285,000 aviation enthusiast during the Farnborough International Air Show July 19. The Raptor showcased the aircraft's ability to fly under extreme conditions while performing maneuvers that no other fighter jet can duplicate. This air superiority fighter uses a combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability and integrated avionics to set itself above the rest. Approximately 70 aircrew and support personnel from bases across Europe and the United States participated in the air show. This premier global aviation event allows exhibitors to showcase the newest aerospace equipment and technology. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — An Air Force F-22 Raptor from the Third Wing, 90th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, displays its internal weapons bay to more than 285,000 onlookers at the Farnborough International Air Show July 19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom ~~ Air Force Capt. Chip Henderson, 494th Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, points out features of the F-15 Strike Eagle at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show July 21. The U.S. military brought 11 aircraft to the show for approximately 285,000 visitors to catch an inside and up close look at the features on static display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather M. Norris)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — Air Force Capt. Ben Dean, 494th Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, explains F-15 Strike Eagle cockpit features to a spectator at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show July 21. The U.S. military brought 11 aircraft to the show for approximately 285,000 visitors to catch an inside and up close look at the features on static display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather M. Norris)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — Spectators fill the various static display areas at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show event grounds July 25. The air show took place July 19-25 with approximately 1,300 exhibitors from private, commercial civil and military sectors, 132,000 trade visitors and nearly 153,000 public visitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather M. Norris)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — Spectators form a line at an entry control point at the rear of a C-17 Globemaster at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show July 25. The C-17 and crew came from Travis Air Force Base Calif., and was on static display throughout the duration of the event July 19-25. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather M. Norris)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — A small child flashes a smile from the cockpit of a Marine UH-1Y Yankee the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show July 25. The utility helicopter and crew traveled from Camp Pendleton, Calif., to participate in this year's show allowing approximately 285,000 spectators to tour their aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather M. Norris)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — Spectators form a line at an entry control point at the rear of a C-17 Globemaster at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show July 25. The C-17 and crew came from Travis Air Force Base Calif., and was on static display throughout the duration of the event July 19-25. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather M. Norris)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — A small child waves as his friend poses for a photograph in the back of a C-17 Globemaster at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show July 25. The C-17 and crew came from Travis Air Force Base Calif., and was on static display throughout the duration of the event July 19-25. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather M. Norris)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — Spectators fill the various static display areas at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show event grounds July 25. The air show took place July 19-25 with approximately 1,300 exhibitors from private, commercial civil and military sectors, 132,000 trade visitors and nearly 153,000 public visitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Col. Robert Suminsby)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — A small child flashes a smile from the cockpit of a C-17 Globemaster at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show July 25. The utility helicopter and crew traveled from Camp Pendleton, Calif., to participate in this year's show allowing approximately 285,000 spectators to tour their aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Col. Robert Suminsby)

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — The 2010 Farnborough International Air Show came to a close July 25.

The show featured more than 70 U.S. aircrew and support personnel, 11 participating aircraft and countless hours of coordination and follow-thru’s.

The U.S. military's participation in the Farnborough International Air Show focused on building partnership capacity by promoting standardization and interoperability of equipment with NATO allies and other potential coalition partners. It also highlighted the strength of the United States' commitment to the security of Europe.

This year, more than 285,000 people caught a glimpse of the U.S. military's airpower during the week-long event that began July 19. Featured aircraft included the Army’s RQ-7, Navy’s F/A-18F and MH-60R, Marines’ UH-1Y, and the Air Force’s F-16C, C-130J, C-17, F-15E, F-22 and B-52.

The U.S. presence at the show included 70 military aircrew and support personnel putting their best foot forward as U.S ambassadors. This event enhanced military-to-military relationships with the United Kingdom, as well as fostered good relations and better understanding among nations.

"Some people are interacting with Americans for the first time here," said Air Force Airman 1st Class Eures Taylor, 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath. "I am glad that I get to be a representative and give them a good perception of America."

The U.S. coral was an item of interest for several of the spectators with the lines extending to two-hour waits.

According to Air Force Capt. Naomi Evangelista, Farnborough International Air Show U.S. Joint Information Bureau, there was a little boy waiting in line voicing his interest in seeing his favorite plane, the F-15E Strike Eagle, and his mother was afraid they would not have time to tour the aircraft before having to catch the bus.

"After the young boy got his tour of the fighter jet, he had the biggest smile on his face," said Evangelista. "The mother came up to me and thanked me saying, 'I know I will not be able to get that smile off his face for a long time. This is why we are here."

According to many involved, it was an opportunity of a lifetime. Experiencing the show and feeling first-hand the public admiration for the U.S. military's aviation capabilities will not be soon forgotten.

"Being able to see that they appreciate what we are doing is a very gratifying experience," said Navy Lt. Joshua Morgan, Naval air crewman (tactical), Mayport Naval Station, Fla.

According to Air Force Col. Robert Suminsby, Farnborough International Air Show U.S. Air Boss, by having a variety of aircraft showcased by each branch of service, the Department of Defense truly highlights that all four services rely on air capabilities.

"Almost everything we do has some component that requires us to have mastery of the air," said Suminsby. "We want people to understand and appreciate how air power contributes to the fight. It's a key enabler and continues to deliver performance that allows everyone else to do what they need to do more effectively."

According to Suminsby, each U.S. military branch of service is involved with air capabilities to some degree. The kind of teamwork that he has seen displayed here is crucial for when the different services have to integrate those capabilities and operate together in combat operations.

Suminsby also went on to add that this event did not just include the U.S. but was a multi-nation event.

“We have a multi-national crowd here,” he said. “As you know, there’s no such thing as a single-nation airplane anymore- every plane built is a multi-nation effort. Many nations have a stake in producing these aircraft and putting together the kind of technology required to do what they do.”

As the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show winds down, the lines dwindle, spectators disperse and aircraft who once sat proudly on static display just days ago return home, the small Farnborough community returns to its original state for another two years until the next Farnborough air show in 2012.
 

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