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Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum, Farnborough

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4.6/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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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  • Highly recommend visiting the FAST museum: old aircrafts (some of which are sturdy enough for kids to get into), immaculate artefacts and simulators to entertain the big and small! The staff are lovel...  read more »
  • Brilliant time at the museum. It has plenty of parking and there are volunteers walking around to answer any questions you have. It is not a large museum although does have a lot there. You can sit in...  read more »
  • Absolutely loved this museum especially the outside displays and Jim the lovely volunteer who spoke to us at length about the wind tunnels and Concorde. The flight simulator was fun too. A number of i...  read more »
  • A local gem, with a selection of unique and extremely rare objects related to aerospace. Could be improved with a bit more organisation. Volunteers are friendly and very enthusiastic. Free entry well worth a visit.
  • Great place to go and learn about aircraft. Free to visit but parking isn't great, hence only four stars
  • Free museum. Lots of fun for adults and children, plenty of planes to climb in and look at!
  • Cody exposition is unique. A lot of research hardware, a must for the technical minded aviation enthusiast
  • We popped in with the kids and I have to say the volunteers in the museum are absolutely fantastic. They are patient, knowlegable and above all welcoming. If you are in Farnborough I would definitely recommend it.
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