A CENTURY OF TESTING

ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT

LAST YEAR MARKED THE CENTENARY OF THE ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT. RICHARD GARDNER, CHAIRMAN OF THE FARNBOROUGH AIR SCIENCES TRUST, DETAILS ITS ACHIEVEMENTS

HERITAGE

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This 1942 image shows a high-speed wind tunnel being used to test the aerodynamics of a Hawker Typhoon model. ALL FAST ARCHIVE

Run by TAG Aviation, Farnborough Airport is now Europe’s leading centre for business jet operations. Its current role could hardly present a more contrasting image than that facing curious onlookers on Farnborough Common in October 1908, when Samuel F Cody made the first successful flight in the UK of a powered, controlled, heavier-thanair flying machine.

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