No other single location in the world has contributed so much to the development of aeronautical science over such a long period of time as Farnborough. From the first airborne cameras and flying clothing to high altitude 'space suits', night vision aids, head-up cockpit displays and the first carbon fibre experiments - the list of Farnborough's aerospace contributions is endless.
Farnborough was originally a small town in England, south west of London with some fine mid-19th Century buildings and, importantly, close to open heath and to Aldershot - the home of the British Army. It grew into the foremost location for British aviation research and development. The connection with aviation spanned most of the 20th Century.
By far the most significant era was that of The Royal Aircraft Establishment
- there are many who are proud to be associated with it and its achievements and form the backbone of the supporters of FAST.
You can download briefing about this history in 6 Parts 1901 - 1991, as well as some of the highlights of this period :
History and Learning Briefings >>
The civil enclave at Farnborough Aviation Site was operated by Farnborough Business Aviation until 2003, when the MOD stopped operations at Farnborough and was taken over by TAG Aviation, who now operate Farnborough Airport.
In 2003 a new business aviation airport was established, with all experimental aircraft moved to Boscombe Down. Commercial defence research continues to be carried out in the adjunct Cody Technology Park by research firm QinetiQ.