The Wind Tunnel Project

A pair of Grade I- listed wind tunnels at Farnborough Airport were opened to the public for the first time in 2014 as part of The Wind Tunnel Project, commissioned by Artliner and curated by Salma Tuqan.  The wind tunnels, once used by the RAF to test the Hawker Hurricane fighter plane which served in World War II, are housed in two buildings, known as R52 - built in 1917 and listed in 2003 - and Q121 - built in 1935 and listed in 1996. The site lay dormant for more than 50 years, but were reopened for the inauguration of a site specific exhibition including new commissions by sound artist Thor McIntyre-Burnie, artist and technologist James Bridle and food designer Caroline Hobkinson.