The Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) was founded in 1993 to safeguard the priceless heritage of the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE). The Trust works to preserve and promote the huge contribution to the development of aeronautical science made by the scientists, engineers, craftsmen and other personnel engaged in a wide range of occupations at Farnborough since the creation of the RAE in 1918; it is widely believed that no other location in the world is comparable.
One of our principal aims is to encourage younger people to take up a career in the world of Aeronautical Science and Engineering so that the UK can continue to build on the legacy left by those that worked at RAE Farnborough during 100 years – a truly unique place!
Trenchard House, home of the Trust and the accredited FAST Museum is the ‘window’ on our work; it is one of the oldest aviation-related building in the country. Constructed in 1907 by the Royal Engineers originally to house the headquarters of No 1 (Airship) Company of the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers (later No 1 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps), in 1914 it became the temporary headquarters of Lord Trenchard when he was appointed Officer Commanding the Military Wing of the Royal Flying Corps – the precursor to today’s Royal Air Force also created in 1918. The building is superbly located on a hill overlooking the runway of Farnborough Airport, now the country’s leading Executive Aircraft destination.
FAST also runs guided tours of two of Farnborough’s historic wind tunnels.
The work of the Trust is supported by the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Association with over 900 members Worldwide. All of those active in day to day operation of the museum, the wind tunnel and centrifuge tours, the curation and preservation of the many thousands of artefacts and all of the other activities are unpaid volunteers.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us.
FAST Museum Farnborough
85 Farnborough Road
Open weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays