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Report - NGTE Pyestock- June 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Persil, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Persil

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    Visited with- Millhouse, Hidden, NickUK & Gone


    My first ever explore was an interesting experience, involving singing to random people with megaphones out of the car window, avoiding security patrols, sleeping rough in the air house control room and generally having a laugh.

    We arrived in the dead of night, creeping though the trees and running between buildings until we reached the air house where we set up camp. Throughout the night we were constantly disturbed by the sounds of clanging and rattling within the turbine hall, however we somehow didn't notice two other explorers come into the control room to discover us asleep. :rolleyes:

    We got up in the morning and NickUK cooked us sausages. We then had a walk around the turbine halls followed by Cell 3 (where we met the two other explorers), Cell 4, number 9 and 10 exhausters, the computer building/ Cell 3 control room, Battlehouse, Power station and Admorality test house.

    History by Millhouse:
    The National Gas Turbine Establishment is a huge facility built in the 1950s, which served to test and develop turbine engines for ships and aeroplanes. The turbines installed in royal Navy ships were tested here, as well as fighter plane jets for the Harrier and Tornado, and the Rolls Royce Olympus jet engine which was used in Concorde. Also captured Soviet jet engines were tested for performance and reverse engineered.The test cells on site could simulate a range of conditions such as high altitude, supersonic speed and ice, and to achieve conditions such as these a giant compressor house known as the Air House was built, housing eight compressor/exhauster turbines propelled by 33,000hp electric motors.

    The facility remained in use until around 2002 when sadly modern computer technology became the way of development and simulation. Therefore NGTE Pyestock was made redundant and due to the highly specialised nature of the site there is unfortunately no way of adapting it for modern use.


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    Absolutely loved my first explore, hopefully, there's more to come.​
     

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