A Wind Tunnel is a tool used in aerodynamic research. It is used to study the effects of air moving past solid objects - most notably aircraft - but anything that may be affected by the forces created by a flow of air can be tested. In the middle of the former Royal Aircraft Establishment site, there are three historically and architecturally important listed buildings not open to the General Public. These contain five wind tunnels, all of which played a central role in Aviation research in Britain for decades.
You can find a short history of the Wind Tunnels along with summary of their operation in our downloadable History and Learning Briefing Number 13
Book a Tour of the Wind Tunnels
The FAST Museum can now exclusively offer comprehensive guided tours of two of these Tunnels.
The 2020 Wind Tunnel Tour Season will run between March 31st and October 25th. Tours last approximately 2 hours and are normally operated on a Thursday; one starting at 10:00 and the second at 14:00 although other days may be made available on special request.
Please contact the Museum Secretary for information on how to join a tour (groups and individuals accommodated): firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 01252 375050 (the office is manned on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, except for public holidays)