News 2013
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7 August 2013

CODY STATUE UNVEILING
The formal unveiling ceremony of the Cody Statue took place on Wednesday 7 August and the event was a great success. 

The statue is now on full view on the Farnborough Road outside the FAST Museum.

Please see the Cody Statue Website for full details, news and reviews of the unveiling day and details of the statue project.




JULY 2013

RESTORATION OF ARTEFACTS

Wind tunnel models, originally built with such great precision, regrettably tend to deteriorate in storage. We have over 300 models in the FAST collection, many of which are more than 40 years old.  We are working hard to restore them to their pristine condition and to ensure their survival by using very modern storage procedures and protective coatings.

David Matthews (in the picture above), known as "Dan" in his RAE days, spent much of his career in the model shop.  He is now lovingly restoring these models to their best possible condition. Occasionally, he is delighted to unearth models that he and his colleagues originally manufactured.

21 JUNE 2013

HISTORIC BIKE RIDE

A team from II (AC) Squadron RAF embarked on a 7 day bike ride from FAST to Montrose in Scotland on 21 June to mark the centenary of an historic first flight which took place in February 1913.

The original flight of the then RFC Squadron, which had been formed at Farnborough in May 1912, was the squadron's first deployment to the first purpose built flying station at Montrose.

Ready for the "off" alongside the FAST Lightning XS420

The team are joined by local MP Sir Gerald Howarth, Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Terry Bridgeman, a Tornado GR4 aircraft and the Squadron OC

Wg Cdr Jez Holmes, OC II (AC) Sqn hands over a  commemorative brick to  David Wilson (FAST's Cody Statue Project Leader)

FAST has been awarded the highest level of national recognition by the Arts Council as a fully accredited museum.

Full details in our Press Release>>




Photo, from left: FAST Trustees Brian Luff (Museum Manager), Richard Gardner (Chairman) and Graham Rood, celebrate the Museum's new status.
6 December 2013

FAST MUSEUM GAINS ARTS COUNCIL ACCREDITATION
18 December 2013

AIRCRAFT RESTORATION
During 2013 Aircraft Crew Chief Derek Parks and his team of fellow volunteers have been carrying out restoration and maintenance on the FAST aircraft fleet.
Click here to view the pictures>>



PICTURE RIGHT
Derek Parks fits his hand-operated hydraulic test rig to the canopy jack circuit and raises the canopy of the EE Lightning T5 XS420, using hydraulic power alone for the first time in many years!!
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