Report - Wind Tunnels, Farnborough - SEPT. 2010

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Sep 17, 2010
Firstly the following pictures were taken by a friend of mine as he is the lucky git who got to do the visit.

I hope this doesn't break any rules but i thought a lot of people would love to see pictures of this otherwise out of bounds building!

The former RAE site has a total of 5 wind tunnels. 3 of them are deemed as of viable commercial use. 2 of the buildings are Grade 1 listed.

The best way to read the information is to look at this site...

The No.1 low speed 24ft tunnel was built in 1935 and has been used in a wide variety of tests until it was closed down 1996.
he mahogany six-bladed fan is powered by a 2000HP, 750V DC motor on a pedestal that is separate from the tunnel structure. The motor was refurbished in 1992 and is in good condition.



It is a maze of buildings so here are a few other pictures from near the wind tunnels






Oh that's where i left my thermos!

Anechoic chamber

This is inside the structure that contains a high speed tunnel, they have no plans to use it again so it could be destroyed. I love the warning sign!

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