Farnborough Air Sciences Museum


Wind Tunnel Models





















Aerodynamics Department was one of the biggest and most important Departments in the RAE.  Its wide range of wind tunnels varied from slow speed through the supersonic to the hypersonic (up to Mach 10). Size varied with both speeds and model capabilities (from 9 inch to 24 ft). The main tunnel sites were at Farnborough in the early years with a gradual transition to Bedford after WW2.

The models tested in the tunnels varied from aircraft components (wings, air intakes, weapon release etc.) to full scale complete aircraft and scale size model aircraft. At the completion of many of the trials the models were discarded but not thrown away.  The earlier models were made of wood (for slower speeds) with the high speed supersonic and hypersonic models being made of steel, with composites for the intermediate speed models.

The FAST Collection holds some 400 of these unique models representing the full range of tunnel speeds, including models used in stealth research, Concorde development and other civil airliners. Many of the models are wing sections built to understand both high and low speed operations.

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.


Saturdays, Sundays and
Bank Holiday Mondays
10.00am - 4.00pm


The Wind Tunnels will open again on March 24th and the 2022 tour season will run until October 27th. Details at Wind Tunnel Tours>>

Covid Secure Guided tours of the Man-Carrying Centrifuge are running. Details at https://farnboroughcentrifuge.org.uk/


All postponed events are currently being rescheduled and dates will be posted soon>>


Trenchard House
85 Farnborough Road
Hampshire GU14 6TF

Tel: 01252 375050
Email: secretary@airsciences.org.uk
(Office manned Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays)

Arts Council Accredited Museum