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Report - RAE Bedford – Bedfordshire - May 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by mockney reject, Aug 22, 2015.

  1. mockney reject

    mockney reject 28DL Regular User
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    The history


    In 1946 the site at Thurleigh the new base for the second Royal Aircraft Establishment site.

    The site had several reasonably large wind tunnels, one supersonic and one large subsonic..

    The supersonic tunnel was dismantled by 2005 and the building which held the fans and driving motors is now used as the set for the BBC popular science programme, "Bang Goes The Theory".

    The RAE was deeply involved in the development of Concorde and was also a centre for the development of the Instrument Landing System.


    The Explore


    After having a few tip offs on how to get in myself and an exploring pal ventured up to Thurleigh. It was pretty apparent what building we where looking for when we got there so cheekily parked in the car park of the skydiving school and took a wander over the road to the wind tunnel building.


    Once inside we spent a bit of time mooching around, found the control room had a nose in there then I had to hit the crane, such an amazing view of the inside of the hanger from up there. Well worth climbing up if you plan to visit it


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  2. Bolts

    Bolts 28DL Regular User
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    Some good shots there, nice work
     
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  3. mockney reject

    mockney reject 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks Bolts
     
  4. Coolboyslim

    Coolboyslim Mr Reality Hacker
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    Loving that control room very cool. thx for pics and report
     
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  5. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Yes, really like that mate, nice control room there, awesome, thanks for sharin' :thumb
     
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  6. Lancashire lad

    Lancashire lad chief taster for costa coffee
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    great report love that control room awesome cheers for posting
     
  7. Jambotique

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    Mate that looks excellent
     
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    The Amateur Wanderer 28DL Regular User
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  10. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Mmmm nicely done mate :thumb

    Interesting building.

    Bang goes the theory of secure lol
     
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