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The Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) was established in 1994 to help preserve, and stimulate interest in, the aeronautical heritage of the former RAE Farnborough site. With Farnborough now in the hands of private developers, the many historic buildings and artefacts on the airfield need to carefully safeguarded. During 2002 FAST moved to this new location to act as an administrative headquarters and visitors centre for the Trust. Tenchard House (the former Balloon School building) was build in 1907 for the Royal Engineers, and later served as the headquarters of the RFC in the First World War. Displayed inside are a large number of aviation-related exhibits, including engines, weapons, equipment and wind tunnel models. A Hawker Hunter guards the entrance outside, while a number of aircraft nose sections provide further interest. The museum was officially opened to the public on 1st October 2003.
On the A325, from Junction 4 on the M3, at Balloon School House, Farnborough. (On the right hand side, just past ‘The Swan’ public house).
Open Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. FAST posts notices of any changes or temporary closures on their website (see below).
Admission is free, but there are facilities to make donations to FAST, which is a registered charity.
Free parking, toilets and a gift shop. Access for the disabled is limited at the moment, but is being improved.
|Hunter T.7 WV383. (photo, FAST)||Hunter F.51 E-402. (photo, FAST)|
List of Aircraft Exhibits
|Displayed I.D.||Aircraft Type||Real Identity||Condition||Status|
|XW241||Aerospatiale SA.330E Puma||XW241||Complete||Displayed|
|–||Cody British Army Aircraft 1A||–||Reproduction||Displayed|
|WT309||English Electric Canberra B(I).6||WT309||Nose||Displayed|
|XS420||English Electric Lightning T.5 *||XS420||Complete||Displayed|
|XS932||English Electric Lightning F.6||XS932||Nose||Displayed|
|XP516||Folland Gnat T.1||XP516||Complete||Displayed|
|ZJ496||GAF Jindivik 104A||A92-901||Complete||Displayed|
|E-402||Hawker Hunter F.51||E-402||Complete||Displayed|
|XE650||Hawker Hunter FGA.9||XE650||Cockpit||Displayed|
|WV383||Hawker Hunter T.7||WV383||Complete||Displayed|
|XW934||Hawker Siddeley Harrier T.4||XW934||Complete||Displayed|
|XV165||HS Buccaneer S.2B||XV165||Nose||Displayed|
|G-AWZI||HS Tident 3B||G-AWZI||Nose||Displayed|
|–||Northrop Chukar II||–||Complete||Displayed|
|XW566||SEPECAT Jaguar T.2||XW566||Complete||Displayed|
* on loan
Buccaneer S.2B XX894 has now moved to Bruntingthorpe. Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV795 has been sold to a private owner. BAC 111-510ED (fwd fuselage) G-AVMJ and BAC Jet Provost T.3A XN500 have now left the collection. Sea Harrier ZA195 has moved to Tangmere.