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
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.