Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
The FAST Association (FASTA)
Welcome to FASTA. A major part of Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST), we are a membership based organisation which supports the Trust, with currently over 800 enthusiasts and volunteers known as the ‘Association’. Members are drawn from the public who support the Trust’s main aim of preserving Farnborough’s unique aviation research heritage from the era of Cody’s first recognized powered flight in 1908 to the present day. The Association was originally created to provide financial and practical support for the Trust and its museum.
Current Association members include many ex-scientists, engineers, craftsmen and specialists who were employed at the old Farnborough Research Establishments as well as from the wider aerospace industry and academia both nationally and internationally. Others have a direct connection with Farnborough through family connections, but most are simply aviation enthusiasts interested in preserving the pioneering aviation research conducted at Farnborough and its related establishments over the years.
The parent Trust (FAST) is entirely volunteer run and self-financed. The main sources of income are Association membership subscriptions, fundraising events, donations, the museum shop and specialist grants when available. Association subscriptions are a prime source of regular income while giving members special benefits such as regular newsletters, privileged access to talks, organised visits and other social events organised by the Association Committee. Just becoming a member of FASTA directly supports the Trust, so join us today and download our Membership Form at the link below, where full details are given.
As a member of FASTA 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 Farnborough over many years.
Membership benefits include:-
- Free entry to members’ talks on topical aviation-related subjects held throughout the year.
- Receipt of a regular Journal containing articles and reports about the work of FAST and history of RAE developments.
- Access to member only events, such as organised trips and in-house social events.
As a FASTA member there are also special opportunities for acting as volunteers at the museum. New Volunteers are always welcomed in particular to act as guides and provide security cover during our public opening days at weekends and bank holidays (10am to 4pm). No aviation, technical or engineering knowledge is required for this role which is a great opportunity to meet other enthusiasts and interesting visitors from all over the world. For further information on volunteering, download Volunteering at FAST below.
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>>