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Heritage Lottery Funding

Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, FAST has now been able to restore and digitise nearly 300 films from our historic archive. Most of these films document the trials and testing, and remarkable research and development, that took place at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. They were among the thousands of artefacts that were salvaged in the very early days of FAST, and have since been entrusted to our care. This funding now makes it possible to share this important heritage with the wider public.

The year-long HLF Project, which began in June 2023, has seen a wave of activity from many of our dedicated volunteers working along with various suppliers and consultants funded by the grant. A significant part of the project has been the collaboration with Farnborough College of Technology.

Full Project Summary>>

The Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Clive Grattan unveils the FAST Museum Flag. The Lady Mayoress looks on.

FCOT students editing interviews for Museum AV installation

The Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Clive Grattan unveils the FAST Museum Flag. The Lady Mayoress looks on.

Film Premiere of ‘A Celebration of British Aviation

Next FAST Talk

The next FAST Talk will take place on Tuesday 18th June 2024 entitled “Capability Development and Assurance in an Unstable World” and presented by Air Commodore (Ret)Colin Basnett CBE.

The talk will be held at the Simon Jarvis Lecture Theatre, Farnborough 6th Form College, Sand Hill, Farnborough GU14 8JS and commences 7.30pm.

For any enquiries please contact distribution@airsciences.org.uk, Tel: 01252 679898 / 07746 957498.

FAST 30 Years Reception

The Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Clive Grattan unveils the FAST Museum Flag. The Lady Mayoress looks on.

Hawker Hurricane R4118, the only remaining Type 1 Hurricane still flying that took part in the Battle of Britain, salutes FAST. Read the story of this remarkable aircraft at https://www.hurricaneheritage.com/the-aircraft/hurricane-r4118/

 A reception was held in the Cody Pavilion on Monday 23rd October to mark the 30th Anniversary of FAST. Volunteers hosted senior representatives from business, together with a wide range of representatives from across the defence, aerospace, heritage, educational and community sectors. 

The Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Clive Grattan unveils the FAST Museum Flag. The Lady Mayoress looks on.

The Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Clive Grattan unveils the FAST Museum Flag. The Lady Mayoress looks on.

The Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Clive Grattan unveils the FAST Museum Flag. The Lady Mayoress looks on.

Andrew Lloyd, Chairman of the Trustee Board leads the guests in toasting the future of FAST.

 

Richard Gardner, Honorary Life President of FAST gives the closing remarks in front of the full scale replica of British Army Aeroplane Number 1A

The Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Clive Grattan unveils the FAST Museum Flag. The Lady Mayoress looks on.

Mr Tom Floyd, Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire cuts the Anniversary cake. Watched over by Andrew Lloyd Chairman of FAST and Mr Cody

The Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Clive Grattan unveils the FAST Museum Flag. The Lady Mayoress looks on.

Founder members of FAST left to right Fin Gordon and Laurence Peskett talking to Julian Harrrap (3rd from the left) Consulting Architect involved in the original listings on the historic site.

Long term friends of FAST from left to right Keith Manns, Cllr David Clifford Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council and Mrs Lizzie Clifford, Lady Howarth and Sir Gerald Howarth President of the Historic Aircraft Association.

FAST Celebrates 30 years with a Volunteer Reception

FAST held an Afternoon Tea for the Museum Volunteers at the Cody Pavilion on Friday 8th September to celebrate 30 years since FAST came into being through the endeavours of Fin Gordon, Charlie Fleming and Lawrence Peskett.

The current FAST Chairman Andrew Lloyd welcomed the attendees and provided the address. Councillor David Clifford the Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council was also in attendance and expressed his gratitude for the work undertaken by the volunteers over the years and for the contribution they had made to preserving Farnborough’s aviation heritage.

Veronica Graham-Green and Valerie Eggleton were presented with bouquets by Peter Buckroyd on behalf of the Trustees for arranging the days events.

The opportunity was provided after the formalities to take refreshments and catch up with friends in the warm autumn sunshine, the trustees pictured below from left to right: John Hordley, Sir Donald Spiers, David Wilson, Peter Buckroyd, Brian Luff, Fin Gordon, Sue Adcock, Laurence Peskett, Richard Gardner and Dr Graham Rood.

Next FAST Talk – Sir Henry Royce: Establishing Rolls Royce from Motor Cars to Aero Engines

The next FAST Talk is scheduled for Tuesday 19th September entitled “Sir Henry Royce: Establishing Rolls Royce from Motor Cars to Aero Engines”  and will be delivered by Tony Pilmer.

The talk will be held at the Westminster Theatre, Farnborough College of Technology, Boundary Road, Farnborough GU14 6SB and commences 7.00pm.

For any enquiries please contact distribution@airsciences.org.uk, Tel: 01252 679898 / 07746 957498.

FAST Awarded Heritage Lottery Funding for Historic Aviation Film Archive

FAST is delighted to have been awarded an £89k grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to preserve the valuable heritage of our Historic Aviation Film Archive. This will accelerate our work on restoring and digitising many of the films, and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Farnborough College of Technology on exciting new media to bring this valuable resource to wider public view.

See Press Release for details>>

FAST Museum Opening Hours

Coronation of King Charles III
The museum will be CLOSED on Saturday 6 May for the coronation. It will be open as normal on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th May.

Next FAST Talk – Tuesday 25th April 2023

The next FAST Talk is scheduled for Tuesday 25 April and the subject will be “The RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine Centrifuge: A Subject’s Perspective of High G Research” and will be delivered by Sue Adcock.

The talk will be held at the Westminster Theatre, Farnborough College of Technology, Boundary Road, Farnborough GU14 6SB and commences 7.00pm.

For any enquiries please contact distribution@airsciences.org.uk, Tel: 01252 679898 / 07746 957498.

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The FAST Museum Rocks!

We were delighted to be included in Fleet Rock Choir’s local tour when they thoroughly entertained visitors in the Cody Pavilion on 2 April.

The Book of the Bricks Launched on FAST Website

The Cody statue was unveiled in front of the Museum on 8th August 2013 to commemorate the centenary of Cody’s death. The statue is complemented by an area covered in paving bricks bearing the names of individuals or companies who have a connection with Farnborough, the RAE or aviation in general and who have contributed to the Cody Statue Project.

The BOOK OF THE BRICKS records the story behind each of the bricks, and is now for the first time available on the FAST website, click this link to find out more.

The Mayor of Oberursel visits the FAST Museum

Antje Runge who is The Mayor of Oberursel, visited the FAST Museum and the Historic 24ft Wind Tunnel on Saturday 10th December, where she and 4 other visitors from Oberursel were given guided tours.

Farnborough Centrifuge Receives IMechE Engineering Heritage Award

On 17th June Dipika Khaitan, Director of Raintree Developments, the current owner of the Farnborough Centrifuge, was presented with an Engineering Heritage Award by Patrick Kniveton, a previous President of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

These awards were established in 1984, with aim of promoting artefacts, sites or landmarks of significant engineering importance – past and present.

Sir Donald Spiers, the Vice Chairman of the Trustees of FAST, opened proceedings, followed by an introduction to the Heritage Award by John Wood, Chair of the IMechE Heritage Committee.

Dipika Khaitan receives the heritage award from Patrick Kniveton

The Farnborough Centrifuge

John Wood commented that the IMechE was very excited to receive the application for this award from this unique engineering achievement of real significance that was still in its original location and original context. John further stated that it was important that this superb achievement (the centrifuge) must not be allowed to fail or fall apart.

This was the 130th heritage award given by the IMechE, the audience included the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor John Marsh, as well as other invited guests and the volunteers who routinely organise visits to the facility.

Sue Adcock and her team of volunteers were on hand to provide brief tours of the facility after the presentation. Sue has been instrumental in driving the project through from start to finish to secure the award.

The award presentation was witness by an invited audience

From left to right: John Wood and Patrick Kniveton of the IMechE, Sue Adcock (FAST Centrifuge) and The Mayor of Rushmoor Councillor John Marsh

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

Zulu India Celebrates 50th Birthday!

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: Ray Claydon, Doug Macpherson, Gordon Davis (at back), Bob Gamble, Steve Thirkettle, Bob Head, Ken (Dinger) Bell with (in front) partner Elizabeth.

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)

Andrew Lee, Zulu India’s owner, explains the Trident to the Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council Councillor David Clifford

FAST Museum Re-Opens

Farnborough Air Sciences Museum

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.

Black Arrow arrives at FAST Museum

Black Arrow arrives at FAST Museum in Farnborough

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.

Black Arrow Rocket at Farnborough Air Sciences Museum
Black Arrow Rocket Comes to Farnborough
Black Arrow Launch 1971

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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.

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