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Highlights From the Airshow

The Farnborough International Airshow, held once every two years, is one of the world’s most important aerospace and defense events. Situated around 40 miles southwest of London, the show encompasses five trade days and a weekend, during which the exhibition is open to the public. It brings together the biggest players from the commercial, business and military aviation industries.

The last event in 2010 saw $47 billion worth of completed deals and 120,000 business visitors. This year, though, Farnborough is being held in the midst of defense budget cuts in Europe and the U.S. and growing worries about a slowdown for the global economy. Major manufacturers are showcasing their most important products, hoping to lure cash-rich Asian and Middle East buyers.

Click ahead for highlights from the show including state-of-the-art private jets, a tourist space ship, and some of the latest military aircraft.

By Bianca Schlotterbeck
Posted 11th of July 2012

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