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The Royal Aircraft Establishment at Bedford

Welcome

Welcome to the Bedford RAE pages, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the history and achievements of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Bedford.

The RAE site at Bedford was the UK’s premier flight test and wind tunnel research establishment from 1952 until 2001.

Bedford was Farnborough’s sister site and these pages are now maintained by FAST, on behalf of the Bedford Aeronautical Heritage Group, to provide information about Bedford’s significant contribution to the historic development of aviation science during the 20th century.

Farnborough Air Sciences Museum Sea Harrier

THE RAE BEDFORD STORY

History of the RAE at Bedford, the wind tunnels, airfield, major work programmes, research work and publication

Farnborough Air Sciences Museum Sea Harrier

RESEARCH AIRCRAFT

Some of the iconic aircraft that were developed, researched or tested at Bedford, and where are they now

Farnborough Wind Tunnel Tours

PUBLICATIONS

Books by former members of staff detailing the historic work done at RAE Bedford

Farnborough Air Sciences Museum Sea Harrier

VIDEOS

Links to a collection of videos related to RAE Bedford

Farnborough Centrifuge Guided Tours

BAHG

About the Bedford Aeronautical Heritage Group and the Archive of material

Farnborough Wind Tunnel Tours

FURTHER INFORMATION

Links to websites with further related  information

MUSEUM OPENING HOURS

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

LATEST NEWS

The 2024 Wind Tunnel Tour Season is now running until 27th October 2024. Details at Wind Tunnel Tours>>

UPCOMING EVENTS

FAST Talks have now resumed, please see FAST Events for details.

FAST

Trenchard House
85 Farnborough Road
Farnborough
Hampshire GU14 6TF

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

Arts Council Accredited Museum