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Posted on Oct 22, 2004 in Stuff We Like

Farnborough International 2004

Armchair General

Here’s her more famous cousin – a Spitfire.

Spitfire

Both planes together.

Spitfire & Hurricane

This is an American P-51 Mustang.

Mustang

And here’s a close-up of a proper Eurofighter Typhoon4. All of these planes, from the Nimrod to the Typhoon were grouped together to celebrate the centenary of the Rolls-Royce company.

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Typhoon

Around the corner, and here is a Hawk Trainer Jet, bedecked in company colours for BAE Systems.

Hawk

And a Russian Hind Helicopter (not sure why it was also in company colours though).

Hind

This is a mock-up of a SAAB Gripen single-engined fighter. There was a queue for this one as it was actually possible to board this plane and pose for pictures.

Gripen

And finally for this section, some unmanned reconnaissance vehicles – including this rotary winged one operated by the US Navy.

Recon' Chopper

This is known as the X-47 or “J-UCAS”. J-UCAS stands for Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems – it’s essentially an unmanned Stealth plane that is capable of carrying a 4,500lb payload.

J-UCAS

And this is the Global Hawk, with a truly enormous wingspan of 116.2 feet.

Global Hawk

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