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Report - Cardington Hangers, Bedford, April 2012

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by sageman, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. sageman

    sageman 28DL Full Member
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    i think my pics are too big they should be 1024 as i set that up in picasa agree or think they're fine ta

    wiki here:RAF Cardington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    history: hanger one was built first in 1915 and shed was extended between October 1924 and March 1926; its roof was raised by 35 feet and its length increased to 812 feet No. 2 shed (Southern shed), which had originally been located at RNAS Pulham, Norfolk, was dismantled in 1928 and re-erected at Cardington In the 1950s, during the time of National Service, RAF Cardington was the reception unit, where thousands of conscripts went to be issued with their kit. The Paratroop Regiment were stationed there as one of the hangers housed the balloons from which trainees made their first drops

    In 1971 Hangar 2 became the Fire Research Station (part of the Home Office) which conducted gas explosion experiments and for investigating fires, a 20 lease being given by the MoD. Full scale testing and Fire research was undertaken from 1989.[2] In 1990 the facility was transferred to Building Research Establishment as a whole building test facility for the Cardington tests. Here, multi-storey steel, concrete and wooden buildings were constructed and then destructively tested within the huge space available. This shed was repainted and looked after in comparison with the Shed 1

    In 1993 planning permission was granted for construction of theatrical stagings and the site was used for rehearsals by musicians including Paul McCartney Band on the Run: 25th Anniversary Edition, U2, Rod Stewart, Take That and AC/DC [1].

    In 1968 some scenes for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang were filmed at Cardington Sheds.[10] Also during the 1960s, much of the film Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines was shot in the vicinity of the village. In 1971 the sheds appeared in the First World War war film Zeppelin starring Michael York.

    Shed 2 has recently been leased to Warner Bros. and is used as a studio for film and television productions. Director Christopher Nolan has used this location to film scenes for three of his movies; scenes from Batman Begins, The Dark Knight,[11] and Inception[12] were filmed in Shed 2. Christopher Nolan returned to this location during the summer of 2011 to film scenes for his third and final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.[13][14]

    The film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was filmed at Cardington in 2004.[11]

    Rihanna filmed parts of her music video for 'Shut up and drive' there.


    visited on the way to bletchley park highly recommend a visit here its HUGE just look at my mate for scale


    look at the door half way down for scale

    sighing the visitor book



    the dot to the right of the scaffolding is my mate half way down behind him right at the end is a lorry trailer
    thats how big it is


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  2. grimm6

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    Drove past last Thursday 26 Mar 15 and the hangar was being painted. About half / 2 thirds had been done. Obviously the refurbishment is continuing...
  3. thegreentiger

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    Stationed there as were almost all RAF recruits.
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