City was founded in: 1974
Become a Dayton Sister City in: 2019
The Borough of Rushmoor is situated in the north of the county of Hampshire, England, located 34 miles outside of London. It was formed in 1974 by the amalgamation of the towns of Aldershot and Farnborough. Aldershot is famous for being the home of the British Army since 1853. As many as 25,000 troops were stationed here from the beginning of the First World War until the end of the Second World War. However, changes in technology, the world political situation and government policy on dispersal means that there are now around 3,000 troops based in Aldershot. In 1908 Samuel Cody, an American, made the first recorded powered flight in the UK at Farnborough airfield. Since then, the airfield, which is the oldest in Great Britain, was used for military purposes. Today, it is Europe’s premier business airport used exclusively by the corporate sector. Farnborough is at the hub of world aeronautical research, innovation in aviation and increasingly, in medical technology. Farnborough and its aviation research have been responsible for many significant developments in world aviation. Sir Frank Whittle tested the first British jet engine on Farnborough’s airfield; contributions were made to the development of Concorde and a world-renowned air accident investigation center is based in Farnborough.
Fun fact: the Farnborough International Air Show is the second-largest air show of its kind, behind the Paris Air Show. The show is held in July every other year, alternating with Paris, and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world.
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