News 2017
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
Safeguarding Our Unique Aviation Heritage
April 2017

On Saturday 25  March and Sunday 2 April the Cody Pavilion at the FAST Museum reverberated to the sounds of 50 members of the Guildford, Godalming and Farnham Rock Choirs as one of the destinations on their Mystery Bus Tours.

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January 2017

For sometime FAST has planned to re-roof the Balloon School Annex with roof tiles more appropriate to the original build.  And so it is with much delight that we learn that our bid to the South East Museum Development Programme, using public funding from Arts Council England, has been successful.  Work will start in Spring 2017 to re-roof, add insulation and provide much needed heating to the Museum Annex. The work should be able to be progressed without any closures of the Annex displays.

Photos : Museum Annex, exterior (left) and interior (right)

Rock Choir in front of the replica of British Army Aeroplane with an effigy of Cody dressed for his first flight.

A FAST volunteer captures the event

May 2017

The Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum has long enjoyed exploiting its aviation heritage with the slogan "From Cody to Concorde" highlighting Farnborough's unique century of continuous aviation research and development. Now it can also claim to represent an A to Z of such activity, "From Airships to Zephyr", with the arrival of a prototype world-breaking aircraft design - the locally designed and built Zephyr solar-powered unmanned High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite.

This massive, lightweight aircraft was developed by QinetiQ at Farnborough and has subsequently been developed further for Ministry of Defence operational use by Airbus Defence and Space.  The latest versions are currently in production in a facility on the opposite side of the airfield from where the Zephyr 6 prototype is now on display in the Cody Pavilion.

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FAST volunteers after assembling the Zephyr's enormous, but highly delicate, structure, raise it into position in the Cody Pavilion.

Zephyr hangs from the roof of the Cody Pavilion

Zephyr seen above the replica of British Army Aeroplane No 1A

July 2017

The FAST Museum can now offer comprehensive tours of two of Farnborough's historic and impressive Wind Tunnels.  The tours are held by pre-arrangement on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.  Tours last for 2.5 hours, take place during the summer months only at the moment and are limited to a visitor group no larger than 20 individuals.

Details of these fascinating tours can be found at the link below and to register interest please email the Museum Manager

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FAST History & Learning Briefing No.13 : The Farnborough Wind Tunnels>>
Building Q121 housing the 24' Wind Tunnel

The main fan is 30' in diameter

The vanes in the return circuit

The view from within the main fan

The 4x3 Wind Tunnel is a masterpiece of the carpenter's art
The 4x3 Wind Tunnel Control Room

July 2017

The FAST Museum was well represented at the Blackbushe Festival of Flight on 1-2 July; celebrating 75 years since the creation of the Airfield - once known as RAF Hartfordbridge. Over 20 FAST Volunteers attended over the course of the weekend, significantly raising the profile of the organisation.
Bob Gentry and Peter Buckroyd prepare to be interviewed for TV

The FAST Stand in action

Chris Harris prepares to interview two new volunteers (on the left!)

December 2017

It had always been intended to illuminate the Cody statue; the commemorative bricks brought in the money with which to do it. Great care was needed in the design and execution of the lighting because the statue is very close to the glide path into Farnborough airport; the lights had to pick out the statue and yet not be so bright as to be a distraction to pilots.

Professional advice was taken to use LED technology in the best possible way and boxes were commissioned both to protect the lights and to mask and control the spread of the lighting patterns.

We have now been able to connect the power supplies and, using a light sensor, illumination now comes on automatically from dusk to dawn.The picture shows the way in which the lighting of the background, to create a silhouette, combines with lighting of the statue itself to allow Mr Cody to stand out and be seen at all times of day and night.

August 2017

Members of the Twinning Association from Rushmoor's Twin Town of Oberursel in Germany visited FAST on 26th and 29th August.  They were delighted to see the Museum's displays and the iconic Wind Tunnel, as well as a visit from the Red Arrows!
FAST Trustee Peter Buckroyd explains the Museum's Concorde display to the visitors
Oberursel visitors pose by the Cody Replica
And the Red Arrows came too!
Later on 29 August Dr Graham Rood describes the iconic Transonic Wind Tunnel to some of the Oberursel visitors
December 2017

Once a familiar sight and sound in Hampshire's skies, the Army Air Corp's Westland Lynx AH.7s were finally retired from service on 31st July 2015. On the day, No 671 Squadron AAC flew six Lynx in a farewell flypast at their home airfield of Middle Wallop, with one of the helicopters taking part bearing the serial number ZD280.

In an agreement reached with the Museum Of Army Flying, ZD280 has been loaned to Farnborough Air Sciences Trust. The Lynx was transported by road to the Trust's site at Farnborough on 5 December 2017. The helicopter is a very welcome addition to the FAST collection of airframes, equally it is also very apt that a haven of preservation has been found for the helicopter, in the County with which the Lynx has been so closely associated.

Photo: courtesy Richard Hall
September 2017

FAST has signed up as a good cause for Rushmoor Community Lottery.  This is a weekly online lottery created by Rushmoor Borough Council to support good causes that benefit the communities of Rushmoor. Tickets are only £1 a week - with 60% going to local good causes and prizes of up to £25,000.

Go to our Community Lottery Page to support us!

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Photo: courtesy Richard Hall