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Report - Orford Ness - 29/7/06

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by MarkR, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. MarkR

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    Trip today with Oxygen Thief, Lillimouse, DocD, Riddlers, Zippy, Stumpy, Batman, Dweeb, Ragdog, Clayderman, Disco Kitten, Siodoom, Sixxfingers, Silverfox and Madmax.

    Great 28days get together. few pics below. history of the place taken off my site:

    The military history of the site dates back to 1913, when a large part of the Ness ( a 10 mile long vegetated shingle spit ) was taken over by the War Department. It was drained to form airfields for the Central Flying School’s Experimental Flying Section; and so began an intense seventy year period of military activity, much of what went on at Orford Ness is still secret to this day however we do know certain facts:

    Experiments during the first World War included those on parachutes, aerial photography, bomb and machine gun sights, the evaluation of aircraft and the development of camouflage.

    During World War 2 radar was developed at Orford Ness and the importance of it for it's original use of detecting enemy aircraft etc was invaluable. The rest is history.

    Between 1938 and 1959 a majority of firing trials were concentrated in this area. The firing trials were mainly concerned with determining the vulnerability of aircraft and aircraft components to attack by various projectiles. Whole aircraft or individual parts such as fuel tanks, oxygen tanks or running engines were subjected to carefully controlled and recorded simulations of attack.

    Perhaps the part of the site which still holds the most interest and intrigue are the pagodas used for atomic bomb testing which can still be seen today. The Atomic Weapons Research Establishment built six test cells designed to mimic the rigours to which a weapon might be subjected prior to detonation, and included vibration, extremes of temperature, shocks and G forces.

    The final 'military' use of Orford Ness was actually by the Americans who built a secret site code named 'Cobra Mist'. The project was to carry out several missions including detection and tracking of aircraft and detection of missle and satellite vechicle launchings. The site is mainly used now by the BBC world service.

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    Re: Orford Ness - REPORT - 29/7/06

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    Re: Orford Ness - REPORT - 29/7/06

    What an excellent road trip for 28dayslater...

    It was good to meet up with all you guys again, what a great group of people who enjoyed a well orgainised trip by markr (thanks again mark ;) )

    For those who enjoy military based sites, me included... this is a real treat and is rammed packed full of history and stuff to photograph!!! - Superb!!!

    Hope you enjoy some of my shots... I did manage to take over 260...!

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    ...and a few group shots...

    1. Ridds on his pooing machine! :D
    2. The troops going ‘over the top’
    3. The 28days off-road machine
    4. Look out... 28days are coming...!

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    Thanks to Markr for arranging a very different type of trip. :)

    Pagodas very nice. Good stuff. Very strange to see something purposley (sp) left to decay.

    A few pics from me:

    1. Twisted ducts
    2. Pagodas
    3. Porn shot for The Riddlers
    4. MadMax meeting the legend that is Tony
    5. Not forgeting the "one for Turkey"

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    Thanks Mark, damn good day out that was, the weather held out, to say the guide was knowledgeable would be an understatement. Thank you from all of us. If you are out of pocket in any way, you must let me know.

    Anyway, like everyone else I took a lot of pictures, here's some of my favourites... the skipper and you know who...

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    Hers a few more of the 28DL team...

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    Re: Orford Ness - REPORT - 29/7/06

    Thought I'd best post some of my pics from the 'big day out'.
    Thanks once more to markr for sorting this trip.
    Good to meet everyone again, roll on the 'piss up'.
     
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