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Report - Frank Whittles Factory,Whetstone, leicestershire (April 2015)



The Shepshed Diamondback

Slithering down a drain near you
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#1
The Explore

It was a fun day out as I had just been fishing for the morning to find Miss Mayhem collecting me to say come on we are going exploring and had already packed my back for me so what was I to say other than where.
we arrived on site and found ourselves in and exploring quickly. it was obvious this was not going to be a quick explore as the place itself is quite large and having seen previous reports on it there where several sections that we tried to find but ended up in the same room we had been in. after a few hours exploring we had finally explored everything and it was just in time as it had started to rain quite hard. we were going to go on the roofs of the buildings but the stairs and ladders were very rusted and on one of the buildings the whole stair and ladder section had actually broken off of the building so we decided the roof wasn't really for us on this explore.

History
the factory itself was owned by Sir Frank Whittle, who was born on the 1st of June 1907 and died in august 9 1996. he was a royal air force officer who was accredited for single handily inventing the turbojet engine, although the first actually working engines weren't invented until some years later. Frank had a long career in the RAF and through work related stress issues had mental breakdowns and eventually retire and received a knighthood and going to work for shells oil company as a engineering specialist. he later immigrated to the USA and in 1976 he accepted a position as a NAVAIR research professor of the naval academy. in 2002 he was nominated as the 42nd greatest Briton which after reading about him I would say I agree with.

The company itself was founded on January 27th 1936. over the years the company moved to several locations in the uk and on march 28th 1944 frank Whittle was persuaded by the air ministry to nationalise the company and become Power Jets LTD. after the second world war the company was merged with the Turbine Division of the royal aircraft establishment to form the royal gas turbine establishment.

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Thanks for looking.
 
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Punk

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#4
Good stuff TSD :thumb The place looks worse and worse each time I see it:( The stair shot is a cracker :thumb
 

Cuuvin

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#5
The Explore
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History

The company itself was founded on January 27th 1936. over the years the company moved to several locations in the uk and on march 28th 1944 frank Whittle was persuaded by the air ministry to nationalise the company and become Power Pets LTD. after the second world war the company was merged with the Turbine Division of the royal aircraft establishment to form the royal gas turbine establishment. ...
Thanks for looking.
Know ya meant Power Jets LTD , but I just can't resist ....:D

" is this where they have those Turbine Powered Pussy Cats ? Or maybe those Afterburning Beagles ! " ...sorry, i'm gonna go now...:coat
 

The Wombat

Mr Wombat
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#8
We had a mooch round here a few years back, it wasn't in great condition then.
nice work TSD :thumb
 

NavB

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#11
Good stuff TSD :thumb The place looks worse and worse each time I see it:( The stair shot is a cracker :thumb
Its true over the year is has really got worse, sad now its no more, completely flatten