Among the displays: a jet trainer prototype for the Air Force and a "bird of prey" drone meant to scare off wayward flocks.

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The back end of a Boeing F/A-18 showing the twin jet exhaust nozzles.
The back end of a Boeing F/A-18 showing the twin jet exhaust nozzles.
No, Leonardo is not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. It’s the new name of Italian aerospace company Finmeccanica – named after Leonardo da Vinci. Together with Raytheon, they’ve developed the T-100 to compete to be the next Air Force trainer jet in the T-X competition. Boeing will also have a candidate for T-X.
No, Leonardo is not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. It’s the new name of Italian aerospace company Finmeccanica – named after Leonardo da Vinci. Together with Raytheon, they’ve developed the T-100 to compete to be the next Air Force trainer jet in the T-X competition. Boeing will also have a candidate for T-X.
What’s the big video screen at Farnborough tracking during  Friday’s aerial display? Is it a bird? No. It’s a robot. A drone. It’s made to look like and move like a bird of prey. It’s intended to scare off flocks of real birds at airports to avoid collisions with  aircraft.
What’s the big video screen at Farnborough tracking during Friday’s aerial display? Is it a bird? No. It’s a robot. A drone. It’s made to look like and move like a bird of prey. It’s intended to scare off flocks of real birds at airports to avoid collisions with aircraft.