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TOUR UPDATE

Limited COVID-safe centrifuge tours have now re-started. Tour sizes are small to ensure social distancing. Please email info@farnboroughcentrifuge.org.uk for more details and to book a place.

To the south east of Farnborough Airfield lies the Grade II-listed RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine man-carrying centrifuge, almost unchanged from when it was first commissioned in 1955. It played a central role in aviation medicine research during its 64 year life (1955-2019).

With the agreement of the owners, Raintree Developments Ltd, the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) can now exclusively offer comprehensive tours of this fascinating facility, not normally open to the general public. This is a rare opportunity to examine a world famous and unique example of 1950s British engineering!

What to expect

Tours are led by a FAST volunteer who was a research scientist and centrifuge subject, with the support of former centrifuge engineers and other FAST volunteers. Visitors will hear firsthand what it was like to work with (and ride on) the centrifuge.

Tours run for a little over 2 houts and start with a talk about the effects of G on the human body and various ways of G protection, with archive film to illustrate. This is followed by a hands-on tour around the centrifuge itself and the associated machinery (used to run and control it) with knowledgeable guides. The tour ends with a slideshow of the centrifuge construction and a short filmshow of the centrifuge in operation.

All visitors will receive a high quality 40 page souvenir booklet (included in the price).

Tour pricing

The usual tour pricing is £15 per person (including souvenir booklet) or £25 per couple (including one booklet).

Location

Please note that the centrifuge building is located in the middle of a housing estate, a short drive away from the main FAST Museum site, and there is limited parking on site. We are keen to minimise any disturbance to the residents, and will send you joining and parking instructions once your booking is confirmed.