June 28, 2012 - 1:10 pm


Gov. Bob McDonnell is jumping the pond once again, heading to England for the Farnborough International Airshow.

McDonnell will travel July 8-11, stopping first in Dublin, Ireland for two days, then heading to Farnborough and London for the remainder of the time. It’s a return trip for the governor, who was in London earlier this month as part of a nine-day economic development trip to Sweden, Germany, England and Switzerland.

McDonnell is attending the air show to promote the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing and the supply chain for Rolls-Royce, according to his office. He also has economic development appointments and will meet with government officials while there.

Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore and some representatives with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership are scheduled to join McDonnell. A cost for the trip was not yet available, according to McDonnell spokeswoman Taylor Thornley.  

This will be the third time in as many years that McDonnell attends an international air show — in Paris last year and in Farnborough in 2010. Thornley said six companies have joined the advanced manufacturing center as a result of meetings with the governor at previous airshows.