JF-17 Thunder Fighter Debuts at the Farnborough International Airshow 2010
Farnborough’s 2010 edition airshow opened its doors to the trade visitors on July 19 in glorious sunshine with soaring temperatures to complement the aerial action. With over 1,300 exhibitors from 38 countries, the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is the world's largest temporary exhibition covering 247 acres. FIA holds a prominent position within the aerospace calendar taking place on a biennial basis for one week in July. This year, it was a spectacular success for business with US$47 billion worth of orders announced during the trade week of the first five days of the exhibition. The event also featured 152 aircraft in static displays and spectacular flying displays and the public weekend attracted a more than 108,000 visitors.
Highlights of this year's FIA included the eagerly awaited international debut of the JF-17 Thunder Fighter in the static park. JF-17 Thunder, also known as FC-1, being jointly built by China and Pakistan made its first appearance at an international air show. Two fighters touched down at Farnborough on the Sunday July 15 prior to the show opening after making refueling stops in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, making waves at this prestigious airshow in Farnborough.
On July 19, Mr. Li Yuhai, Vice President of AVIC and Mr. Ma Zhiping, President of AVIC met with Pakistan Air Chief Marshal Rao Quamar Suleman in the Sino-Pak joint chalet. Mr. Li Yuhai expressed the gratitude of the Chinese side for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) sending the JF-17 Thunder fighters to the airshow. He pointed out that this would have a very positive impact on the marketing of JF-17 Thunder. Air Chief Marshal Suleman said, JF-17 Thunder belonged both China and Pakistan. The joint participation of this airshow was successful. Both sides should enhance the cooperation in international marketing.
On July 20, Air Chief Marshal Rao Quamar Suleman visited the JF-17 Thunder in the static park in the company of Mr. Ma Zhiping.
General Xu Qiliang, commander of the Chinese PLA Air Force, visited the Sino-Pak joint stall at the main exhibition hall. He commended CATIC on JF-17 program and the great influence of Sino-Pak cooperation. He then watched the flight display and talked to PAF pilots.
During the exhibition, several high-ranking military delegations visited the Sino-Pak joint stall and the JF-17 Thunder in the static park and showed great interest in purchase.
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