1 April 2004
AIRCREW ASSOCIATION VISIT FAST MUSEUM
The Woking Aircrew at FAST included:
Chairman Eric Smith (front row, 4th from Left), Vice Chairman Captain
Laurie Taylor (back row, 4th from left), Secretary John
Thorburn (back row, extreme right), Webmaster David Jackson (front row, extreme
right), and PRO Sir Paul Holden (front row, second from left).
picture courtesy Aldershot News
Dr Geoff Rowlands
To mark the 86th Anniversary of the founding of the RAF by Lord Trenchard, a
small but very well rewarded party of members visited the Farnborough Air
Services Trust (FAST) Museum, where they were received by FAST Chairman Dr
Geoff Rowlands, in the actual room where Lord Trenchard signed the document
creating the RAF in 1918.
Chairman of FAST
Dr Rowlands, who enjoyed his research work as an RAE Scientist for 24 years,
summarised for the benefit of the visitors the history of aeronautical,
communications, sensing, presentation, environmental and control research,
undertaken by RAE in close collaboration with RAF and RN operational personnel,
which led to the development of so much advanced equipment for service and
civil aviation during this period. "It was nice to be able to show them this
side of the planes they were flying, and our part in it all" he said.
Jimmy James with PRO Paul Holden
Past Chairman Squadron Leader Jimmy James, who used to make fly-pasts over
Farnborough during the airshows, said "As an Aircrew Association, everyone here
has flown something - bombers, fighters, helicopters or transport aircraft in
the past, so it was fascinating to see the origins of it all. Even for us
experienced people, itís been an eye opener."
The museum took possession of a Mig 21 jet fighter and a Concorde engine pod a
few weeks ago. Two more planes, a Gnat and a Jaguar, are due to arrive in the
next few weeks. Since the museum opened six months ago it has had more than
8,000 visitors. It is free, though as a registered charity, the Trustees ask
for a donation towards running costs.
Eric Smith enjoyed his new toys !
Stuart Holmes in the museum
Additional reporting courtesy Aldershot News.
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Other pictures by Eric Smith.