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22 Fleet Scouts Visit Farnborough Business Airport

By Ray Oldham

The old RAE airfield was bought from the Ministry of Defence in 2000 by a pair of very rich middle-east brothers who converted it into the only fully business airport in the whole of Europe. It is now a very modern multi-national company and is called the TAG Airport (Techniques Avant-Gardes). With a contact via our Group treasurer, our Troop were able to have a really good look around the airport with the help of a very experienced Guide.

We first went into two of the three large hangers where the aircraft are “garaged� and most of these aircraft are owned by large Companies in the UK. Some of the aircraft are owned by well known rich personalities and the remainder by aircraft hire companies. The limiting aircraft size for this airfield is 80 tons, due to the runway length and the surrounding area. Also no overnight flights are allowed. The aircraft range from business versions of the Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 down to quite small Jets, such as the Mustang which is much the same size as the mini bus in which we toured the site.

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