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At Farnborough 2012, a glimpse at the future of flight

The Farnborough Air Show, which opened in London Monday, July 9 is the biggest commercial-aviation event of the year. This year, aerospace titans Boeing, Airbus, Virgin Atlantic, SpaceX and more showed off the latest fighter jets, passenger planes, and even spaceplanes.

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July 11, 2012: A conceptual illustration of the Virgin Galactic LauncherOne, a new air-launched rocket specifically designed to deliver small satellites into orbit.
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July 11, 2012: Entrepreneur Richard Branson waves a model of the LauncherOne cargo spacecraft from a window of an actual size model of SpaceShipTwo on display, after the LauncherOne announcement and news conference, at the Farnborough Airshow 2012 in southern England.
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Seen in between the wings of the Virgin Galatica VSS Enterprise, the Blades aerobatics team fly in display.
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July 10, 2012: The orange sunrise sunset LED atmospheric lighting of the interior of a Boeing 737-900ER, seen at the Farnborough International Airshow.
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July 10, 2012: A Boeing's employee walks down the aisle of a Boeing 737-900ER.
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July 10, 2012: The cockpit of a Boeing 737-900ER is seen on display at the Farnborough International Airshow, Farnborough, England. Boeing Co. and arch-rival Airbus were caught in a fierce dogfight for orders, with both aircraft manufacturers unveiling multi-billion deals crucial at a time of global economic unease.
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July 10, 2012: A visitor looks at a scale model of a Boeing P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft and its screen, left, on display at the Farnborough International Airshow, Farnborough, England.
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July 10, 2012: Three Augista Westland helicopters perform a display flight at the Farnborough Airshow 2012 in southern England.
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A Vulcan bomber performs a test flight.
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A Vulcan joins the Red Arrow fly pass the airfield to mark the start of Farnborough International Airshow.
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A F-18 fighter jet pulls off a vertical maneuver.
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An Airbus A380 flies through clouds.
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A F-18 fighter jet flies in display.
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A SAAB Gripen jet takes off.
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Pilatus DC-21 (R) comes into land over a Pilatus PC-12.
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A Gulfstream G550 jet comes in to land behind a Bombardier CRJ900 jet.
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An Airbus A400M airlifter.
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A model RAF helicopter is pictured at a stall.
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A Russian Yak130.
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A Russian Yak130 comes into land.
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An Airbus A380, owned by Malaysia Airlines.
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An F/A-18 fighter jet comes to land above the Airbus A400M airlifter.
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A Raytheon T6B.
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At Farnborough 2012, a glimpse at the future of flight

The Farnborough Air Show, which opened in London Monday, July 9 is the biggest commercial-aviation event of the year. This year, aerospace titans Boeing, Airbus, Virgin Atlantic, SpaceX and more showed off the latest fighter jets, passenger planes, and even spaceplanes.

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