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In pictures: 48 years of Farnborough airshow

July 6, 2012 -- Updated 1009 GMT (1809 HKT)
Farnborough in Hampshire, England has a long association with air travel. This image circa 1909 shows aviation pioneer Samuel Cody's British Army Aeroplane No 1 flying at Farnborough. Cody later died in an air accident. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Farnborough in Hampshire, England has a long association with air travel. This image circa 1909 shows aviation pioneer Samuel Cody's British Army Aeroplane No 1 flying at Farnborough. Cody later died in an air accident. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Farnborough's long history with aviation
Frank Courtney tests an "autogiro," 1925
World's first jet airliner is displayed, 1949
An Avro York at Farnborough airshow, 1950
The de Havilland 110 disaster, 1952
Experimental engineering, 1955
A supersonic spectacle, 1962
Drones on show, 1976
A £40 billion combat aircraft, 1998
A "Red Arrow" aerial array, 2004
Politicians at the airshow, 2006
Unmanned aircraft on display, 2010
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Farnborough airshow is one of the biggest gatherings of the airline industry
  • The show is organized biennially, alternating with the Paris airshow
  • Its history can be traced back to the beginnings of aviation development

(CNN) -- The Farnborough airshow attracts exhibitors and visitors from all around the world and is at the heart of developments in the aviation industry.

Its runways in Hampshire, England have witnessed many aerospace engineering milestones - including the showcase of the first jet airliner, debut of Concorde and the unveiling of the Typhoon combat aircraft.

Initially held every year, Farnborough has been organized biennially since the 1960s, alternating with Paris in hosting the airshow.

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