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    Here are some pictures of various visits to pyestock from 2012 to 2013 i hope you enjoy them.
    Here is some history for you..


    The National Gas Turbine Establishment (NGTE Pyestock) in Fleet, part of the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), 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 testing and development centre, both for experimental developments and to support commercial engine companies.
    The newly merged venture was nationalised. Pyestock, a former golf course in a secluded wooded spot between Farnborough and Fleet was chosen as the turbine development site, as the activities at the NGTE would be top secret and the surrounding woodland would dampen the noise. Construction began in 1949 with small test "cubicles" inside buildings like the Plant House. When the possibility of supersonic jets arose, the site was expanded to the north west, with the Air House and several large test cells built circa 1961.
    For over 50 years Pyestock was at the forefront of gas turbine development. It was probably the largest site of its kind in the world. V bomber, Harrier and Tornado engines were tested on site. The power of the air house allowed Concorde's engines to be tested at 2,000 mph. Every gas turbine installed in Royal Navy ships was checked here; captured Soviet engines were discreetly examined.
    NGTE Pyestock closed down in 2000 and decommissioned to make way for a business park.


























    Last edited by sparky.; 4th Apr 13 at 00:01. Reason: Adding few more pictures
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    Stunning photos there, some bit's I've not seen before.

    Such a massive shame this is going, but on the practical side it is a HUGE area of land and reclaiming all that metal can only be good...
    Why go through a door when there's a perfectly good window?
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    Interesting to see some different shots,thanks for sharing.

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    great report and some good photos there, love the aeroplane thing, wonder whats the idea of that, looks to be mounted on some sort of base or something.....

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    Awesome man

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