The FAST Museum collection includes an enormous archive of equipment, machinery, photographs, films, reports and books related to this illustrious history. The collection is continuously being recorded and updated by voluntary effort. Increasingly this work is being recognised by world-class institutions, such as The Air League
, The Royal Aeronautical Society
, The Science Museum
and The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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.
The Museum is managed by the Trustees of FAST
and the day to day running is in the capable hands of the volunteers of the FAST Association
who undertake the archiving, restoration, maintenance and display activities, as well as maintaining off-site storage facilities and providing guides and a lecture service.
In the Musuem 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. You can watch demonstrations of a working wind tunnel, take part in a flight simulation and much, much more! (See Exhibits and Attractions
) And there are enthusiastic experts always on hand to answer your questions.