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    Raf Honiley was operational 1941-1958, a base for night fighter squadrons during the war then various training and signals units until its closure.

    When it was acquired by Lucas varsity it was used as an automotive test area by the likes of prodrive and TRW (Lucas Aerospace)

    There's what'd left of s wind tunnel, three control rooms, and engine test bay and lots of other bits and bobs sprawled over an overgrown site.

    Completely devoid of chav vandalism probably due to the remote location and captain angry bastard who cut my visit short from the shot gun range next door stalking me around the site hence a 20 minute rush job :-(

    Cheers for looking, OMD EM5, 17mm 1.8 and 7.5mm 3.5.

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    Engine test bay control room






















    Wind tunnel control room










    Double blast doors through into the wind tunnel







    Control room viewing window from inside the wind tunnel

































    Smaller engine test sheds












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    Wow those shots are stunning, you should be well proud of that set!
    Cheers for sharing! :)
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    Been a while since I've seen this place, thanks!

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    Cracking report and shots .. this looks such a special site :)
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    Great pics for such a rush job. Brilliant.

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    Great set of photos.

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    Loving the peephole shot, they're so hard to get right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    Been a while since I've seen this place, thanks!
    Ditto, took me a while to recognise it but eventually it clicked! Really good to see it again.
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    Good stuff, it doesn't look to have changed much in the last couple of years. It was being used for Airsoft for a while.

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    Cheers all.... certainly nice to look back at reports of the place that are five years old and see that other than mother nature taking her toll there's been little in the way of chav or pikey action :-)

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