Farnborough Air Sciences Trust

I have been very lucky, and over the past few weeks I have been able to find many different events to visit. As we are coming to the end of the summer and the Christmas events (sorry to mention it this early) have not yet started it is time to visit the local museums to catch up on their current exhibitions.

I therefore chose to go to the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) museum which is, as you might guess, in Farnborough on the edge of the airfield.

In the main museum there are various displays about the history of flight from Farnborough, including during the first and second World Wars. An early film shows men dropping bombs by hand out of the side of their flimsy planes in the first world war. There is also a cut-away model of a jet engine that has been built to show the different parts and how they work, as well as cabinets full of small exhibit items including radio equipment taken from various aircraft.

In a separate building there is a replica of Cody’s plane which he used to take the first flight from Farnborough airfield. This is surrounded by boards explaining his colourful history as an early pioneer of flight. From time to time visitors are given a demonstration with the propellers rotating accompanied by early aircraft noises.

Outside there are various other aircraft on display.

Entrance is free although they would appreciate a donation to keep them going. Access is flat with ramps where required. However the small refreshment area serving tea and cake is on the first floor and there is no lift.