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Report - Lucas Aerospace Test Centre - Honiley March 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Shatners, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. Shatners

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    Raf Honiley was operational 1941-1958, a base for night fighter squadrons during the war then various training and signals units until its closure.

    When it was acquired by Lucas varsity it was used as an automotive test area by the likes of prodrive and TRW (Lucas Aerospace)

    There's what's left of a wind tunnel, three control rooms, an engine test bay and lots of other bits and bobs sprawled over an overgrown site.

    Completely devoid of chav vandalism probably due to the remote location and captain angry bastard who cut my visit short from the shot gun range next door stalking me around the site hence a 20 minute rush job :-(

    Cheers for looking, OMD EM5, 17mm 1.8 and 7.5mm 3.5.

    Shatners

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  2. Els

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    Decent site and looking remarkably well kept after all these years.
     
  3. Shatners

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    Cheers... the place was a lot bigger than I thought when I first walked up... overgrown but not smashed up :-)
     
  4. wellingtonian

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    Captain angry bastard........ Lol :D
     
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    Nice work - a pretty good 20 minute visit :thumb
     
  6. Will Knot

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    Awesome report there mate :thumb great pics :) Thanks for sharin' ;)
     
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    Great report, and pics. Not seen this one before, cheers
     
  8. Oxygen Thief

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    Was thinking the same myself, it's held up well.
     
  9. Songsofthedoomed

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    Top stuff mate well done
     
  10. Lolly92

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    youve taken some smashing pics there, really like the look of the place. loving the 4th pic down.
     
  11. Session9

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    Very nice, love the colour coded pipe work in the last snap :thumb
     
  12. Speed

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    Nice set, its an impressive place i thought. I met shotgun man too, he does a good job scaring people off i think..
     
  13. Shatners

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    He just stalked me around the site for twenty minutes solid blowing a whistle... I think he's a bit whoopding so I cleared off in case he tried to fiddle with me!
     
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    That's amazing. Especially amazing how well preserved it is. WELL DONE great photos
     
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