FAST Centrifuge
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  • Graham N
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see attraction at Farnborough.
    VERY interesting and engaging tour of the Centrifuge. A fascinating slice of British history and in-depth presentations into G Forces and equipment and techniques to combat them for modern pilots. Presentations and guides were very knowledgeable having worked at the facility when the Centrifuge was in operation. Thanks to Sue Adcock and her volunteer team for a wonderful afternoon and personal stories.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Michaelelvey
    Haslemere, United Kingdom40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating visit
    A fascinating visit to see a very significant piece of aviation history and brilliant British 1950s engineering which was still in full operation until 2019.. The team led by Sue Adcock with Duncan, Peter and Andy help to explain the problems caused by G-forces on pilots and the amazing centrifuge used to test the problem with the opportunity to look all over it. The visit also involves the opportunity to visit the control room and the heavyweight electrical equipment required to power the centrifuge. The visit is particularly brought to life with the personal stories told by all the team, some of whom were subjects of the experiments when the centrufuge was operational, together with video recordings of a number of the centrifuge runs.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 15 July 2023
  • PandA4T
    Oxford, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great visit to the Centrifuge
    An amazing piece of 50's engineering. Brought to life by the presentation team. If you have a daughter or granddaughter who shows an interest in STEM this is a must. Sue, one of the presentation team is one of the most inspirational women I've met.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 August 2023
  • beasles
    Sandhurst, United Kingdom233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    Went as a small group and highly impressed. A fascinating piece of history and very well explained by all the guides. I have lived in the area for a number of years and surpised this place existed, hopefully more people will get to hear about it and make the visit. Highly recommended.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 January 2024
  • Stuart H
    Gloucester, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating stuff
    Found out about this place whilst it was still in use, and always fancied the idea of seeing it in person. Managed to get a slot on a weekend tour, and what a treat it was. The building and centrifuge are stunning pieces of 1950s architecture and engineering, but the treat is having the three guides, all with first hand experience of it all, bring the whole thing to life. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an interest in science, engineering, aviation, medicine or anything related.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Karen H
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mind blowing!
    Wonderful tour by amazing scientists and engineers who actually worked on this incredible equipment. The great stories and information backed up with historical footage of the centrifuge. Mind blowing science explained with clarity. A big thank you to Sue and all of the volunteers who run this tour. I would suggest wearing warm clothes if visiting out of summer months as the building is very cold and the tour took over 2 hours.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
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Karen H
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Wonderful tour by amazing scientists and engineers who actually worked on this incredible equipment. The great stories and information backed up with historical footage of the centrifuge. Mind blowing science explained with clarity. A big thank you to Sue and all of the volunteers who run this tour.
I would suggest wearing warm clothes if visiting out of summer months as the building is very cold and the tour took over 2 hours.
Written 1 March 2024
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Nigel R
Hook, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Had a fantastic visit today with friends. fantastic tour led by extremely knowledgeable people most of whom worked on this when it was still active. I felt very privileged to meet so knowledgeable and skilled people.
Written 24 February 2024
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Stuart H
Gloucester, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Found out about this place whilst it was still in use, and always fancied the idea of seeing it in person. Managed to get a slot on a weekend tour, and what a treat it was. The building and centrifuge are stunning pieces of 1950s architecture and engineering, but the treat is having the three guides, all with first hand experience of it all, bring the whole thing to life. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an interest in science, engineering, aviation, medicine or anything related.
Written 21 January 2024
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beasles
Sandhurst, UK233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Went as a small group and highly impressed. A fascinating piece of history and very well explained by all the guides. I have lived in the area for a number of years and surpised this place existed, hopefully more people will get to hear about it and make the visit. Highly recommended.
Written 12 January 2024
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nevm3
Farnborough, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Excellent tour enhanced by Sue and the team, all with first hand knowledge. A hidden diamond in Farnborough. A visit is a must
Written 22 September 2023
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Spagirl911
Germany56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A glimpse into the early days of fast jet pilot research, also showcasing British design ingenuity of the 1940s.

A fabulous present by Sue & then shown around in three small groups, each led by someone who used to work there .

Fabulous
Written 9 September 2023
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PandA4T
Oxford, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
An amazing piece of 50's engineering. Brought to life by the presentation team. If you have a daughter or granddaughter who shows an interest in STEM this is a must. Sue, one of the presentation team is one of the most inspirational women I've met.
Written 8 August 2023
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Michaelelvey
Haslemere, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
A fascinating visit to see a very significant piece of aviation history and brilliant British 1950s engineering which was still in full operation until 2019.. The team led by Sue Adcock with Duncan, Peter and Andy help to explain the problems caused by G-forces on pilots and the amazing centrifuge used to test the problem with the opportunity to look all over it. The visit also involves the opportunity to visit the control room and the heavyweight electrical equipment required to power the centrifuge. The visit is particularly brought to life with the personal stories told by all the team, some of whom were subjects of the experiments when the centrufuge was operational, together with video recordings of a number of the centrifuge runs.
Written 15 July 2023
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Graham N
Great Missenden3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
VERY interesting and engaging tour of the Centrifuge. A fascinating slice of British history and in-depth presentations into G Forces and equipment and techniques to combat them for modern pilots. Presentations and guides were very knowledgeable having worked at the facility when the Centrifuge was in operation. Thanks to Sue Adcock and her volunteer team for a wonderful afternoon and personal stories.
Written 19 April 2023
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Carl G
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
An amazing building which houses a significant piece of British aviation history. You must pre-book to get onto a tour of the building which is easy enough to do. The historians that run the tours Sue, Andy and Duncan have extensive knowledge having worked there for a number of years. The tour starts with an excellent presentation by Sue and then you’re taken to the control room, engineering motor room space and then centrifuge itself. I really enjoyed my visit and I highly recommend a visit to allow this piece of heritage to survive.
Written 7 April 2023
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