Farnborough Air Sciences Museum
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For a long period Farnborough supported a Scientific Division that was involved in Noise and Vibration and their effects on humans, both Aircrew and Ground Crews. Noise interferes with speech, with mental processing and, if at a high enough level, will cause hearing damage – often preventing Aircrew from flying.
As fast jets became faster in flight at low level, cockpit noise increased and interfered significantly with speech communication and operational signals. As more sophisticated equipment arrived in later aircraft (speech recognition, vocoder secure speech communications, equipment etc), research was needed in the real operational environment and small but high quality tape recorders were flown in fast jets, helicopters and transport aircraft to accurately define the environmental noise and provide solutions.
These tapes covering more than 50 years of research are held by FAST.
Enquiries & Access
If you wish to see any of our archives or artefacts, or to enquire whether we have a particular item, please see Enquiries & Access for details and forms.
MUSEUM OPENING HOURS
Saturdays, Sundays and
Bank Holiday Mondays
10.00am - 4.00pm
The FAST Museum RE-OPENED on Saturday 31 July 2021.
The Wind Tunnels remain CLOSED, but we expect an update on this very soon.
Covid Secure Guided tours of the Man-Carrying Centrifuge are running.
All postponed events are currently being rescheduled and dates will be posted soon>>