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Farnborough’s Tribute

Photo: Harrier T.4 XW934, which is currently being repainted, hence the different colour paint on the nose.


It’s hard to overstate the importance of Farnborough when it comes to Britain’s aviation history. Samuel Cody made the first ever powered flight from the north east Hampshire town in 1908, and Farnborough’s airshows over the years are the stuff of legends. Today, the airfield is still very much alive with aviation development work and commercial flying.

A fine museum dedicated to the airfield’s proud heritage is run by the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST), and is highly recommended. FlyPast visited the centre on August 7, as part of the Cody status commemorators and found a number of airframes in residence, including: Hawker Hunter T.7 WV383; HS Harrier T.4 XW934; SEPECAT Jaguar T.2 XW566; Westland Puma XW241; Westland Gazelle HT.2 XW863; Folland Gnat T.1 XP516; EE Lightning T.5 XS420; a Cody BAA 1 replica; GAF Jindivik 104A ZJ166 and Beagle 206X G-ARRM. If you’re in the area, why not drop in and support the museum, which is based in the Grade 2* listed Trenchard Building – you won’t regret it!

For more on the Cody memorial, see FlyPast’s October issue, on sale in the UK and on download on August 30. This issue will also be available worldwide – ask at your local book store for more details. Visit Key Shop to buy online.

The Harrier’s tail, showing faded 233 Operational Conversion Unit markings. ©FlyPast-Nigel Price

FAST’s Hunter and the Puma, in test ‘raspberry ripple’ liveries. ©FlyPast-Nigel Price

Westland Gazelle XW863, which arrived on June 11 this year. ©FlyPast-Nigel Price

One of several aviation-related signage displays dotted around the site. ©FlyPast-Nigel Price

Richard Hall’s fine Lightning T.5 ©FlyPast-Nigel Price

A plaque dedicated to the airfield’s history. ©FlyPast-Nigel Price

FAST’s Test Flying memorial, which is mounted on the side of the Trenchard Building. ©FlyPast-Nigel Price

Not too far away from the FAST museum is a striking monument to jet engine pioneer Sir Frank Whittle. ©FlyPast-Nigel Price

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