Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum, Farnborough

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The Farnborough Air Sciences Trust museum holds a collection of aircraft, satellites, simulators, wind tunnel and Royal Aircraft Establishment-related material. It is based in Farnborough, Hampshire immediately adjacent to Farnborough Airfield on the A325 Farnborough Road.Part of the collection is housed in Trenchard House, which includes a library, an archive, and a store. There are aircraft on display, some of which have had significant design and/or development contribution from Farnborough. A collection of wind tunnel models is held in storage, along with documentation and historical records of engineering and technical development. There is also a large collection of plans and drawings relating to the Farnborough and Pyestock sites.The museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00. It is managed by the trustees of FAST while day-to-day running is carried out by volunteers of the FAST Association.The museum has received praise from the press. In 2009, it featured in both The Times' 'List of the Top 10 Geeky Holiday Spots on the Planet' and The Sun's Kid's Go Free Top 10 Educational Visitor Attractions.Trenchard HouseTrenchard House was built on the Farnborough site in 1907 as the headquarters of No 1 Company of the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers . Known then as G1 Building, it was the oldest building on the site.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 RFC's first operational squadrons were based in the hangars immediately in front of the building.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Just walking distance from the Aviator hotel where I was staying. It is only open on Saturdays and Sundays and maybe Bank holidays? We It has a wonderful collection of Farnborough based memorabilia an...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    What a lovely way for anyone with even a passing interest in aviation to while away an hour or two. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and are clearly proud of the museum and the h...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We popped into here before we checked into our hotel down the road and really enjoyed their great exploratory exhibits  more »
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  • Great place run by volunteers. Inside and outside exhibits and displays. Okay for children but it is pretty small and unless you are an aviation fanatic an hour will let you see everything they have to offer. A café on site and a good collection of model planes. Best bit it's free to get in!
  • Absolutely fantastic how a group of enthusiasts can run a museum. I have to say I really did enjoy the visit to FAST not only because of many beautiful aircraft parts here but mainly because of the volunteers who all were very professional yet very keen and polite as well as happy to answer various questions or just talk about anything in aviation. Not to mention the aircraft - various parts of Concorde, nose section of the Trident, the Rolls-Royce Conway engine, carbon fibre fan blade for the RB211, many instruments as well as many other woth mentioning. There's even a book shop where you can buy many books second hand for little price. The museum is run just by funds as the the admission is free. If you do visit the FAST, please be so kind to make a donation, it's worth that! Very worth the visit.
  • FAST is a small aircraft museum run by enthousiastic volunteers. Its focus is on the history of the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) and but it is not intimidating, in fact very accessible even to the non-aircraft savvy. Well worth the visit! The exibits are to be examined close-up with ample opportunities to sit in the pilots' seat and/or have a chat with a knowledgeable guide.
  • Fantastic free museum, fascinating and much more to look at than you would think. Highly recommended. Very suitable for kids probably 7+. Parking is limited but you can park nearby. Only has a tiny coffee shop but perfectly acceptable. Very friendly volunteers who are very knowledgeable and excellent communicators.
  • Absolutely fantastic museum. Many aircraft on static display including a replica of the Cody flyer. Huge amounts of history on display from the RAE here as well. Well worth a visit!

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