The Farnborough Airshow 2014: A photographer’s view

One member of our Flight Team, Alex Peake, is also a keen photographer of private jets – a very active global community who travel all over the world in pursuit of capturing the perfect image.

We had a fantastic insight into the quality and dedication of private aviation photographers last year, when we launched our Private Jet Photography Awards. Alex wasn’t allowed to enter, of course!

This week he and other enthusiasts are gathering in Farnborough, UK for the biannual airshow and exhibition. Here is his report and some of his stunning images from the event.

Alex Peake

PrivateFly's Alex Peake is also a keen aviation photographer

The Farnborough International Airshow 2014 opened in the usual fashion with a flypast from the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows, making two passes over a packed crowd of industry professionals in sunny Hampshire.

Red Arrows

The flying display was dominated by Airbus this year, with air displays from the gigantic A380, brand new A350 and cargo transport A400M.


Military jet performances then followed from Boeing’s F18 and the Eurofighter Typhoon, with the show closing with an air display from the new extended addition of Boeing’s 787, the -900.

Eurofighter Typhoon

Boeing 787

Having attended three previous airshows at Farnborough, my favourite display remains unchanged – the A380! It is truly astonishing to see such a colossal machine as long as 8 double-decker buses dancing in the sky, making knife-edge turns and dives like a stunt plane.


It is a testament to Airbus and the skill of the flight crew that this beast of the skies can pull off such a breathtaking performance.