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Jakarta Post

Farnborough International Airshow lacks military rivalry charm

  • R. Berto Wedhatama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 25 2018   /  03:22 am

On cloud nine: The Boeing 737 MAX leaves a big impression during the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow, securing enough orders to make it one of the best-selling airplanes in history.The recent Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) in North East Hampshire, England, is this year’s largest civil and military air show. Around 600 aviation companies participated in the air show, and it featured around 150 civil and military aircraft. Unfortunately, despite being the biggest air show of the year, the FIA lost some of its charm due to the absence of Russian military jetfighters. This really undermined the rivalry vibe between the Russian military aviation industry and that of the United States and Western Europe. Only the US Air Force’s F-15E model was on static display, while sophisticated jetfighters such as the F-16, the Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35B only appeared for flybys. The...