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Farnborough Air Sciences Trust

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Farnborough Air Sciences Trust

  1. 1. FAST Archive RAE Farnborough Dr Graham Rood Trustee / Curator Farnborough Air Sciences Trust FAST
  2. 2. The Balloon Factory 1905/6
  3. 3. H.M.Balloon Factory 1907-08 Nulli Secundus II July 1908 Baby
  4. 4. First UK Flight 16 October 1908 S.F.Cody
  5. 5. 1914 To War
  6. 6. 1905/6 1916 1975
  7. 7. Aim 1 : Historic Buildings Preservation  24 ft Wind Tunnel 1935 : Grade 1  Transonic Wind Tunnel 1942 : Grade 1  R52 4 x 3 Wind Tunnel 1917 : Grade 2  RAF IAM Centrifuge 1950s : Grade 2  RFC Black Sheds c.1912 : Grade 2  G1 building / Trenchard House : Grade 2*  Portable Airship Shed : Grade 2 Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
  8. 8. 24 ft Wind-tunnel Grade 1
  9. 9. Hawker Hurricane drag research 1940
  10. 10. The WW2 High Speed and Transonic Wind Tunnel Grade 1
  11. 11. WW2 Hawker Typhoon in the High Speed tunnel 1942
  12. 12. Avro Vulcan & Skybolt Transonic Tunnel
  13. 13. R 52
  14. 14. The reconstructed 1912 Airship Shed
  15. 15. Aims 2 & 3 2: Preservation of full range of RAE Records & Artefacts 3: Public Access to Records
  16. 16.  7200 Artefacts  120,000 pictures & negatives from 1912 to date  40,000 RAE Reports from 1915 onwards  4800 Aviation research reports (ARC etc)  1500 Aviation Books  5000 rolls of aviation research film  RAE Bedford collection of film and photos  Engineering & Architectural Drawings Archive Heritage Collection
  17. 17. RAE, ARC, NACA, ACA Reports etc Plus two 40 ft Containers
  18. 18. Cine Film & Video
  19. 19. Glass Plate Negatives & RAE Library Volumes
  20. 20. Part of the Print Library
  21. 21. Flying Clothing Collection
  22. 22. FAST Museum
  23. 23. FAST Museum Hall 2
  24. 24. Significant & Interesting Donations Desmond King-Hele FRS: 12 volumes of RAE (GW & Space) Reports & TMs Some personal RAE related correspondence His books on Erasmus Darwin and Shelley His poems RAE Space Dept. management diagrams
  25. 25. George Miles papers Libellula & M52 AA Griffith papers SST
  26. 26. RAE News 540 volumes from 1947 to 1992 Search 7963 entries in XL Total 9560 lines
  27. 27. Collaboration with RAeS Library (NAL)
  28. 28. Primary databases Artefacts >7200 Negatives Glass Plate > 45,200 3x3 glass lecture slides c.2000 Wet negatives c.80,000 35 mm slides Cine Film &Video >5000 reels Print register > 1000 so far Pyestock negatives c.48,000 Air Accident files 2635 from 1913 Aircraft Record cards 684 Reports RAE paper reports 30,000 with microreports RAF IAM paper reports 1578 ARC Reports & papers 12,000 Engineering & Architectural Drawings from 1910 onwards Flying Clothing RAE News 540 volumes Scanned negatives >26,000 to date Oral histories
  29. 29. 115 years of Aviation History Cody’s Tree 112 years of Hampshire Aviation History
  30. 30. G de Havilland & A N Wilson RAE Neg No 4 Breguet Neg No 2 Database of Scanned Glass Plate Negatives
  31. 31. Test Pilots WW2 Me/Bf 109 at RAE 1940
  32. 32. SE4 propeller details 27 April 1914
  33. 33. Post WW2 & Cold War
  34. 34. S/L Cooper Mr Padden Mr Allan Lt Cdr E M Brown Secondary Databases Passport & Portraits 1659 images
  35. 35. Restoration & repair
  36. 36. Archive Documentation History records/Sheets
  37. 37. Databases 15 primary databases 12 Secondary Searches possible at the FAST Museum Library In future via the Web (with restrictions) Through touch screen technologies
  38. 38. NVG & NBC
  39. 39. The End – Questions?
  40. 40. Archive Requests & Customers In 2016 FAST had 156 specific requests for information from the Archive Including Family History enquiries NASA Science Museum London Universities (UK, USA, Australia, Canada ………..) Research (Technical and Social) Filming BBC & independent producers for the History Channel, ITV etc Images for Books & Lectures Windtunnel historical query from Boeing BBC One Show Comet Crash enquiry (many times) etc. etc.
  41. 41. C F Caunter Aero Report 2150A Confidential A Historical Summary of Research at RAF/RAE 1878 to 1918 Royal Aircraft Factory & Antecedents 1918 to 1948 RAE Needs a 1949 to 1992 report (New FAST 10 year project)
  42. 42. Progress on Digitisation Level 1 Searchable databases Level 2 Image & Report digitisation Glass Plate negatives - full process Cine Film - by selection/request Prints - by request Microreports - by request RAE Reports - by request Level 3 Photogrammetry for analysis and display
  43. 43. RAE Experimental Research Aircraft
  44. 44. Concorde experimental supersonic wind- tunnel models
  45. 45. Armstrong Whitworth Design M-Wing for Mach 1.5 FAST Museum Farnborough
  46. 46.  Glass Plates / Photographs  Slides 35mm & glass  Engineering & Technical Drawings  Cine film  Artefacts  Reports RAE / ARC / IAM / FPRC  Aircraft Instruments  Library  RAE Bedford film & cine Databases
  47. 47. The End – Questions?

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