This explore was a damn good day. Majority have been here but if you havenít then get yourself there.
Visited with Robbie Khan, Chrisr86 and greenwing hero.
We bumped into Dj Flava, Collingwood and anonymous. (Well we thought they were seccas initially) but after some brief intros and some useful Intel we were set to see some great stuff, Thanks chaps.
Pyestock was one of a number of top-secret sites which would bolster the UKís standing during the austere 1950s; and become a vital component of the White Heat of Technology in the twitchy 1960s.
It was arguably the world's leading research facility into the research and design of gas turbines (or jet engines). "V" bomber, Harrier and Tornado engines were designed and refined in its custom test facilities; the air plant and custom cells could fly a Concorde engine at Mach 2 from the safety of the ground; all the gas turbines used by the Navy were put through harsh, enduring sea-worthiness tests; and the hush-hush top-secret captured Soviet engines were discretely tested for performance and reverse engineered.
By the turn of the new millennium, the world had changed. The theory behind the technology was well understood and tests could be simulated on computer rather than physically run in power-hungry, resource-sapping testing cells. Personnel gradually moved to new facilities and Pyestock slowly emptied and eventually stood down.
Documentation about the site was scant. Photographs were largely forbidden during its lifetime. Due to its secrecy, it often merited no more than a footnote in the historic record, as only a tiny amount of information was forthcoming. And finally the physical structures themselves were threatened with demolition as new uses for this rusting, polluted, decaying monolith to 1950s technology stood empty, unused and forgotten.
On with the day
A bit off putting, but we will ignore that for now