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FAST SHOP AT THE FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW
As well as the Artefact stand, the FAST Shop also had its own stand at the Airshow, which proved very popular, as shown in the photo on the right.
18 January 2016
70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CRASH OF A CAPTURED GERMAN AIRCRAFT ON COVE JUNIOR SCHOOL
This week sees the 70th Anniversary of the loss of Dornier 335-12 AM223 at Cove Junior School on 18th Jan 1946 in which the Commanding Officer of Experimental Flying at the RAE, Group Captain A. F. Hards lost his life on 18th Jan 1946 in which the Commanding Officer of Experimental Flying at the RAE, Group Captain A. F. Hards lost his life.
See our Press Release for the full story.
24 February 2016
FAMILY PILOTS VISIT FAST MUSEUM'S TRIDENT FLIGHT DECK
Captain Philip Morley and his father Captain Chris Morley (85) can be seen here enjoying a visit to the FAST museum'S Trident three flight deck. Philip started his airline career with British airways on Trident's back in the 1970s (he is now a Boeing 777 Captain with the airline). His father, Chris, flew Lockheed Constellations, Britannia's and Boeing 707s before ending his flying career as a Concorde Captain. Chris was awarded the Queens Commendation Medal after successfully landing a BOAC Constellation wheels up in Karachi back in the 1950s!
24 February 2016
3rd FAST MONOGRAPH
The third FAST Monograph of the series which are intended to document the technical and intellectual contribution that was made by RAE scientists and engineers to the aviation world - is now available.
FAST Monograph No 3 Unmanned Aircraft' shown on the right.
24 February 2016
FAST PAYS TRIBUTE TO FLYING LEGEND
CAPTAIN ERIC (WINKLE) BROWN
It is with deep regret that the passing of Captain Eric Melrose Brown CBE DSC AFC was announced on 21 February 2016.
FAST remembers its supporter, friend and FAST Association member here>>
17 May 2016
THE TRIDENT GETS A POLISH
On the 17th May, The Full Wax Company, who keep the business jets at the TAG Farnborough Airport and other airports spic and span, applied their magic to the Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B-101 G-AWZI Nose section and Flight Deck which is on display at the FAST Museum. Starting with Trident they have kindly agreed to give aircraft in the FAST fleet a complimentary clean when they have free time.
Team members are seen cleaning and polishing the Trident using cleaning products that not only clean and polish but provide a layer of protection against pollution.
W-WING HARRIER GR5 WIND TUNNEL MODEL
The W-wing Harrier model, on display at the FAST Museum, was adapted by DERA Farnborough in the early 1990s (in collaboration with BAe) to test the suitability of an M or W wing for use on a STOVL aircraft. The model incorporated fully scaled blown jets, fed by high pressure air (at up to 100bar) through the hollow support strut.
The model was extensively tested in the 5m wind tunnel at Farnborough, and the M wing in particular, was shown to provide excellent low speed performance, with good lateral behaviour and gentle stall. However, the W wing proved more suitable for the Harrier layout as the rear nozzles were better positioned to provide "super-circulation" around the wing during the transition from jet to wing-borne flight.
TWO REVISED AVIATION HISTORIES FROM FAST
FAST has just published two revised aviation histories - both the do with Gas Turbines. Both books are copiously illustrated and contain many line diagrams and drawings. Both authors are members of FAST and the books are available from the Museum direct or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PYESTOCK : ITS CONTRIBUTION TO JET ENGINE R&D is a new, revised version of the history of NGTE Pyestock from its pioneering days with Whittle and Griffith right through to Cell 4 - the Concorde test cell - and its many research programmes. It is written by Ian McKenzie who spent the whole of his professional career at Pyestock, spending some 37 years as a research engineer. Who better to write a technical history and it shows in the quality.
THE EVOLUTION OF THE BRITISH JET ENGINES 1926-1966 by Bill Howard sets out a comprehensive history of one of the great achievements in British Aviation history. The story of the events surrounding this achievement is both fascinating and intriguing and, in many respects, still remains controversial. It covers not only the early beginnings but also the contribution of all major participants right through to the emergence of Rolls Royce as Britain's only aero engine manufacturer. Again, a real gem for historians.
29 June 2016
FIRST FLIGHT MARKER UNVEILED
The First Flight Marker - to mark the approximate take off point of Samuel Cody's first flight in the UK in 1908 was unveiled on the Farnborough Road at 11am on Wednesday 29 July 2016 by celebrated aviator Tracey Curtis-Taylor.
FAST VOLUNTEERS BUILD HARRIER SIMULATOR
In May FAST Volunteer and member of the Aircraft Team, Chris Harris was rummaging in one of the Museum's Storage Containers and came across a wooden skeleton in the shape of a Harrier cockpit. Seeing its potential as simulator, he wrote a proposal which was accepted by the FAST Trustees who challenged him to have it 'flying' in the FAST Stand at the Farnborough Airshow in July.
Chris and his small team gathered items from the 4 corners of the Museum and began some long days. They installed an ejector seat, 4 monitors, a joystick and sound system. The fuselage was clad, using a steamer to bend the plywood, and then painted. They built new instrument panels. Software was sourced, then modified to make it fly as a Harrier, with vertical landing capability. One of the monitors was installed within the cockpit as a central instrument panel and then they programmed vital instruments into it; detail included 4 "greens" for under-carriage down (after first checking The Museum's real Harrier T4). To get a good roar from the engine they used sound from a Phantom.
It proved to be very popular at the Airshow attracting many keen youngsters and adults (including pilots). Now, a week or so later, the simulator is back in the museum and fully operational.
The original frame of the Harrier cockpit
FAST Trustee Fin Gordon, a former Harrier pilot, tests it out
At the 2016 Airshow
Harrier simulator ready to roll
DIAMOND WING WIND TUNNEL MODEL IN PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME
The Diamond Wing Wind Tunnel has been painstakingly restored by volunteer Mark Wells and displayed for the first time in public on the FAST Stand at the Air Show. It can now be seen as part of the Wind Tunnel display in the Museum.
The model was one of the last models at RAE Bedford in the mid 1990s. It was designed as part of the Future Offensive Aircraft as a Tornado replacement, using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques to produce a highly manoeuvrable stealth combat aircraft.
It was tested in the 8ft x 8ft tunnel at Bedford in 1995. Eventually the decision was taken to join the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme rather than producing a UK Designed aircraft.
Diamond Wing Wind Tunnel model on the FAST Stand at the Farnborough Airshow, with FAST volunteer Richard Workman who organised the exhibition on the Stand
Diamond Wing Wind Tunnel model now on display in the
29 July 2016
HANTS & BERKS MOTOR CLUB VISIT
Hants and Berks Motor Club Members and guests (who included members of the Basingstoke Classic Car Club) held their second classic car gathering of the year at the Museum on 29 July. The Club which has recently celebrated its 70th anniversary drew some of its original membership from the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE).
Harrier T4 XW934 in the background
Old and New
The gates from the South Gate Entrance to the RAE can be seen to the left at the back
RAE BEDFORD EXHIBITION
A new exhibition illustrating some of the world-class aeronautical research undertaken at the Bedford branch of the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) opened to the public on Saturday 29 October in the Cody Pavilion at the FAST Museum in the Farnborough Road.
The Exhibition will be on display during normal Museum opening hours (Saturdays and Sundays 10 am - 4 pm). It has been curated by the Bedford 'wing' of FAST - The Bedford Aeronautical Heritage Group.
For further information, please see the Press Release>>
8 November 2016
An obelisk, known as the "Jetstream" monument, symbolising Farnborough's history, has been restored and relocated. Once located at the north end of Queensmead and consisting of an arrow and four plaques mounted on a plinth, the monument has been restored and replaced in its new location at the FAST Museum. The monument was unveiled by Mrs Barbara Allday, the widow of its original designer. Each plaque depicts a scene relevant to Farnborough: Farnborough Abbey and Napoleon III; Samuel Franklin Cody, his British Army Aeroplane No. 1 and the first airship built at Farnborough, "Nulli Secundus"; Concorde and the buildings where it was tested at Farnborough; the Cove Potter and what was supposed to be the Parish Church of Farnborough, St. Peter's (not immediately recognisable as such!). A new version has been created by Boundstone Engraving Ltd of Lynchford Road, Farnborough.
RAE's two-seat Harrier leaving the world's first
experimental ski-jump, at Bedford, in 1977.
Aerial view of the RAE Bedford Wind Tunnel site showing the 8ft x 8ft wind tunnel.
RAE Scientists examine a model of the Bedford Supersonic Tunnel displayed at the Exhibition. From left to right: Gerry Shanks (Bedford), Dr Graham Rood (Farnborough) Mike Iggelsden (Farnborough) and Barry Tomlinson (Bedford).
Concorde Model in 8ft x 8ft wind tunnel.
Mrs Allday guided by David Wilson unveils the Jetstream.
Left to right Peter Dawson - Boundstone Engraving, David Wilson, Mayor of Rushmoor Councillor Jacqui Vosper, Andrew Lloyd - Chief Executive Rushmoor Borough Council, Rev Richard Cobbold, Richard Gardner - Chairman of FAST. Mrs Barbara Allday seated in front