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Posted on Oct 22, 2004 in Stuff We Like

Farnborough International 2004

Armchair General

EXHIBITION HALLS

The Exhibition Halls were housed in the largest temporary structure in the world. Having taken two months to construct, the halls were only used for seven days before being dismantled again. The complex was truly enormous. You can see a part of the structure in the background here.

Exhibition Halls

There were a total of five Exhibition Halls – four of them interlinked. In addition to the main halls there were conference facilities and meeting rooms for many of the companies who had stands there, and private balconies for watching the air displays. Many of the larger companies also had their own buildings outside the main complex.

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Exhibition Halls

Exhibition Halls

Inside the Exhibition Halls were literally hundreds of stands by various companies and organisations. It probably would have taken the best part of a week to go and visit them all, but here’s a flavour.

Exhibition Halls

Exhibition Halls

In addition to displays showing off their wares, many companies opted to have interactive elements to their stands.

Exhibition Halls

Exhibition Halls

Then, of course, there were the weapons displays. There is something very surreal about wandering around a trade fair where people are selling modern munitions and missile systems, and where large billboard adverts proclaim that this jet fighter “gets the job done” better than any other.

Exhibition Halls

Exhibition Halls

Exhibition Halls

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