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F.A.S.T. Museum
F.A.S.T. Museum.
F.A.S.T. Museum - Wikimedia Commons

Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum (F.A.S.T.) is located at Farnborough in Hampshire, immediately adjacent to Farnborough Airfield, on the A325 Farnborough Road.

The museum has a collection of aircraft, satellites, simulators, wind tunnel and Royal Aircraft Establishment-related material.

F.A.S.T. Museum Map

History
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (F.A.S.T.) was founded in 1993 to safeguard Farnborough's priceless aeronautical heritage.

No other single location in the world has contributed so much to the development of aeronautical science over such a long period of time as Farnborough. From the first airborne cameras and flying clothing to high altitude 'space suits', night vision aids, head-up cockpit displays and the first carbon fibre experiments - the list of Farnborough's aerospace contributions is endless.

The Farnborough Museum presents a selection from the FAST collection in the setting of a historic listed building. The Museum building dates from 1908 and was built as the headquarters of the Royal Engineers Balloon School. It is superbly located on a hill overlooking the runway of Fanborough Airfield - so modern planes can be seen in the air as well as historic planes on display in and around the Museum building.

In the Museum you can see photographs and exhibits from the early years of aviation and important pieces of aviation history, like Sir Frank Whittle's earliest jet engines, a full size replica of the Cody Flyer and research models of Concorde.

F.A.S.T. Museum Address & Travel
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
Trenchard House
85 Farnborough Road
Farnborough
Hampshire
GU14 6TF
Telephone: 01252 375050
Email: manager@airsciences.org.uk

Car:
Junctions 4 and 4A of the M3 are minutes away and the Museum is just 15 miles from junction 12 of the M25, making Heathrow and Gatwick airports readily accessible. The Museum is situated on the A325 Farnborough Road, close to the Eastern end of the main runway at Farnborough Airfield, and the satnav postcode is GU14 6TF. There is plenty of free parking.

Rail:
Farnborough is on the London to Southampton rail line and is just 37 minutes from central London by train. Farnborough Main rail station is just a 5 minute taxi ride or 20 minute walk away.

Bus:
The main bus route up the A325 through Farnborough, from Camberley to Aldershot, is Stagecoach Route 1. See www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk for more bus details.

How much does it cost?
Admission is free but donations are welcome. Special events and exhibitions may charge an admission fee.

What are the Opening Hours?
The museum is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

For more information then visit the
F.A.S.T. Museum official website.


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Museum Aircraft




F.A.S.T. Museum Photograph:

F.A.S.T. Museum.
Trenchard House - Wikimedia Commons

Trenchard House was built on the Farnborough site in 1907 as the headquarters of No 1 (Airship) Company of the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers (later No 1 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps).

In 1914 it became the temporary headquarters of Lord Trenchard when he was appointed Officer Commanding the Military Wing of the Royal Flying Corps.

The Grade II listed building has since become the administrative headquarters of FAST.


Museum Aircraft:
FAST Collection
Hawker Hunter T.7 (WV383)
Hawker Siddeley Harrier T.4 (XW934)
Folland Gnat (XP516)
Puma Helicopter (XW241)
Sepecat Jaguar (XW566)
English Electric Canberra B(I) 6 nose (WT309)
GAF Jindivik target drone

On Loan
Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B-101 (G-AWZI)
English Electric Lightning T5 (XS420)
Beagle 206X (G-ARRM)
Aerospatiale SA.341C Gazelle HT.2 (XW863)

As well as the aircraft and parts of aircraft there are displays of original RAE research and development, photos of military and civil aviation as well as the history of Farnborough, artifacts illustrating landmarks in technical achievement, jet engines and helicopter rotors, a fully working wind tunnel, scale models, educational material, and a full size replica of the Cody Flyer and flight simulation.