Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
News & Events
The FAST Museum is OPEN to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. We look forward to welcoming you!
To protect our volunteers and other members of the public, we request that – unless medically exempt – our adult visitors wear face coverings whilst inside the Museum buildings.
The availability of volunteers to run the museum may also be impacted by the current fluid situation with the virus. Please check the Museum Operational News Update before your visit, where any further changes, including opening hours or unplanned closure will be advised. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please also be aware access to the Flight Simulators and Aircraft Cockpits may be limited to maintain a COVID-Secure environment, please check the Museum Operational News Update for latest information prior to your visit.
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Weekends – Simulator / Harrier Cockpit Update
The children’s “Spitfire” simulator is now operating along with the Harrier Simulator at weekends, if the weather is fine, the Harrier Cockpit will be open for visitors.
2021 FAST Talks Series
Details on when the FAST Talks will resume have yet to be confirmed, an update will be provided on this site as soon as new dates are available.
Unveiling of Commemorative Bricks at FAST to mark the 69th Anniversary of fatal air crash at Farnborough Air Show in 1952
Michael Foreman Reads Out Names of Those Who Lost Their Lives
On 6th September 1952, a prototype de Havilland DH.110, which was later developed into the Sea Vixen, broke up in mid-air during the Farnborough Air Show. The jet was engaged in a low level supersonic flypast, the aircraft banked having passed over the airfield and broke apart, one of the engines broke into two parts and ploughed into the watching crowd on observation hill killing 29 and injuring 60 people. The Pilot John Derry and his on-board flight test observer Anthony Richards also both lost their lives. To date there has never been a memorial for this event at Farnborough. After witnessing the Shoreham Air Crash in 2015, FAST member Michael Foreman, decided to put this right and set about raising the funds for 32 engraved bricks to be located on the perimeter of the FAST Museum.
After an introductory speech given by the Deputy Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor John Marsh, the grandson of Michael Foreman thanked all those who had contributed to the event and helped make it happen. Relatives of those who lost their lives attended including Jo Laurie-Pile daughter of John Derry and two grand daughters of John William Joyce Gething.
Richard Gardner the Chairman of FAST completed proceedings with the unveiling ceremony and a reminder that as a result of the safety improvements introduced to Air Displays through lessons learned, it has remained the single worst incident with the greatest loss of life of any UK air show.
Harry Foreman – Grandson of Michael Foreman Thanking Those Who Made This Event Possible
The Grand Daughters of William Joyce Gething, One of Those Who Lost Their Life in 1952, Contemplate That Fateful Day
Guests Including Relatives of Those Who Lost Their Lives In The 1952 Airshow Disaster
Bricks Carrying the Names Of All Those Who Lost Their Lives In The Disaster
On August 4th 1971, Trident G-AWZI (Zulu India – the cockpit is exhibited at FAST) took to the skies over Hatfield for her maiden flight.
August 4th 2021 marked 50 years since this historic date and to mark the occasion FAST organised a special exhibition on Sunday August 8th with Trident Ground Crew on hand to answer any questions. The event was well attended by specially invited guests and museum visitors during the course of the day.
From left to right behind the BEA flag:
Trident Cockpit on permanent exhibition outside the FAST Museum
From left to right behind the BEA flag: Steve Mills (BEA Trident Avionics Engineer) and Trident pilots Captain Robert Owens, Captain John Rankin, Captain David Warren (FAST Volunteer) and Steve Thirkettle (BEA/BA Trident Engineer & FAST Volunteer)
After being shut down for over a year due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the FAST Museum reopened to the public over the weekend of Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August.
On the Saturday visitors were gathering at the gate before the opening time and by the end of the day a total of 122 people had explored the museum and shop. Sunday was a more typical day with 100 visiting the museum and its facilities.
The museum has been made COVID safe with all visitors being asked to wear a face covering and maintain Social Distancing. Free disposable masks were provided to the small number of visitors arriving without one; people were happy to go along with the requests to ensure the safety of the visitors and volunteers.
During the Lockdown the opportunity had been taken to improve the Museum Shop and several new displays have also been added e.g. Flying Helmets, Sonobuoys, Metal Fatigue and the Noise Suppression techniques, developed at Pyestock and applied to gas turbines.
Some restrictions are unfortunately still in place within the Museum, namely removal of the Kiddies Corner, access to Flight Simulators and open aircraft cockpits. However, the museum hopes to remove these remaining covid related restrictions as soon as possible.
The 4th March marked 50 years since the Black Arrow rocket conducted its first successful flight. Black Arrow would become the first, and currently only, British rocket to carry a British satellite into space when it placed the Prospero science satellite into orbit in 1971.
The UK Space Agency is partnering with FAST and the British rocket launch provider Skyrora to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Black Arrow launch and the current success of the UK space sector.
Skyrora brought the first stage of Black Arrow back to the UK from Australia two years ago and has lent it to the FAST museum where it will be on display until March 2023.
MUSEUM OPENING HOURS
Saturdays, Sundays and
Bank Holiday Mondays
10.00am - 4.00pm
All postponed events are currently being rescheduled and dates will be posted soon>>