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Report - Ngte Pyestock June 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Wevsky, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. Wevsky

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    Right i know another Pyestock report,but it was my first time there and a treat as it's my birthday the day after we visited,so a pyestock visit was in the pipeline(excuse the pun)

    Security where on the ball and constantly patrolling so lots of duck and cover involved and at one point we seemed to be cornered in cell three as the constantly drove round and round hoping to flush some one out into the open!

    We managed to visit the air house ,cell three,cell three west,the computer building and the name of the rooftop we where on I'm informed by maniac was the bramshot cooling towers!

    Right this explore as i have said was a birthday treat so a group of nine of us pitched up at pyestock,yes nine.

    Roll call on the guys is as follows
    Space Invader,Frosty,Fortknox0,Obscurity we then met Maniac on route,and about an hour later Nelly ,Troglodyte and sk pitched up.

    Was indeed a great laugh lots of duck and cover and running and stairs up and down and over pipes all in all i really enjoyed it.

    Right a bit of history blatantly copied from wiki..

    The National Gas Turbine Establishment (NGTE Pyestock) in Fleet, part of the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), UK was the prime site in the UK for design and development of gas turbine and jet engines. It was created by merging the design teams of Frank Whittle's Power Jets and the RAE turbine development team run by Hayne Constant. NGTE spent most of its lifetime as a major testing and development center, both for experimental developments as well as supporting the major commercial engine companies.
    Like many companies at this time, the newly merged venture was nationalised, and the search for a suitable site for turbine development began. Pyestock, a former golf course in a secluded wooded spot between Farnborough and Fleet was chosen, as the activities at the NGTE would be top secret and (one presumes) the surrounding woodland would dampen the phenomenal noise. Construction began in 1949, but the site was not as we know it. Instead of the massive test cells there today, testing was done on a much smaller scale in test "cubicles" inside buildings like the Plant House. When the possibility of supersonic jets arose, the site underwent a massive expansion to the north west, with the massive Air House and several huge test cells being built circa 1961.
    For over 50 years Pyestock was at the forefront of gas turbine development and was almost certainly the largest site of its kind in the world. V bomber, Harrier and Tornado engines were all rigorously tested on site, the power of the air house allowed Concorde's engines to be tested at 2,000 mph, every single gas turbine installed in the Royal Navy were checked here, captured Soviet engines were discretely examined - and all this on terra firma, without a single plane taking off.

    A few pics of areas i photographed as i didnt take any in the computer building due to the fact its trashed and not a patch on cell 4









    Im trying not to go over board on the pics honest!









    A few from up on a roof,a place im really not that happy getting up to :(




    Thanks for taking the time to look :thumb

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