As a member of the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Association you will be directly supporting FAST in its primary role of obtaining, researching and preserving records, artefacts and exhibits from the aerospace research conducted at the Farnborough based Research Establishments over many years.
To encourage as many people to join us as possible we have been able to keep membership subscriptions unchanged since 2012 and have now included a family option. Membership benefits currently include:-
- Free entry to members' talks on topical aviation related subjects held throughout the year.
- Receipt of a regular newsletter containing interesting articles and reports about the work of FAST.
- Preferential access to member only events, such as organised trips and in-house social events.
Our recruitment efforts over many years have seen steadily increasing membership numbers which is helping to raise more funds for FAST through membership subscriptions. We pride ourselves that this has been achieved without employing any paid staff, allowing us to use all financial receipts for further development of the museum, its exhibits and related projects. So a big thank you to all our members, both old and new for their continued loyalty and of course keep recruiting.
Celebrations and Commemorations
The UK has or will be celebrating the centenary of a series of significant UK aviation events and Farnborough was the site of many of these including :-
- Samuel Cody's and the UK's first controlled and sustained flight of a powered aircraft on 16th October 1908.
- The formation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) in April 1912, together with the subsequent move of No 2 Squadron RFC (the oldest fixed wing squadron in the world) to establish the world's first operational military airfield in Montrose, Scotland in 1913.
- The death of Samuel Cody on August 7th 1913 in a flying accident.
FAST has with the support of FASTA set itself the goal of celebrating as many of these aviation milestones as possible. Cody's first flight was marked in October 2008 by the construction of a full sized replica of British Army Aeroplane No 1a (the Cody Flyer). The formation of the RFC was marked by the creation of a special exhibition at the museum in time for the centenary celebrations in April 2012. In August 2013 a new statue was unveiled of Samuel Franklin Cody at the front of the museum commemorating his achievements and the centenary of his death in a flying accident in 1913. During 2014 the RFC exhibit was updated to display the work of the Royal Aircraft Factory during the First World War which started in 1914. All these exhibits are available to visit at the museum and plans are being formed to commemorate future aviation events. Keep an eye on this website for information about future plans.
- The formation of the RAF at Farnborough in April 1918.
In June 2014 FAST received notification that it was to receive the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) in recognition of the efforts of its volunteers supporting FAST. This award, the group equivalent of an MBE, came as a great and unexpected honour and FASTA members share this award so many Congratulations to you all.
With so much activity at FAST it has is never been a better time to join FASTA and share in the benefits and excitement.