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    Default Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) Bedford - April 2011


    Starting in 1946, construction work began on the airfield to turn the site into what became known as the Royal Aeronautical Establishment, Bedford. The runway was extended in the post-war period to accommodate the Bristol Brabazon aircraft (which required a very long runway) that ultimately never went into production. One local road was dropped into a cutting so that it would not sit above the level of the runway.

    It was the site of experimental aircraft development and was once described as “the finest research and development establishment outside the U.S.A."











    This building is a "Kinetheodolite tower" (Cine Camera Tower) there was a further tower located elsewhere on the field. Two beams were projected up onto a taking off aircraft which would then lock the camera's on and follow it around ( hence the observatory dome)while trials were carried out over the field! the data being fed to computers for trajectory analysis














































    A trip down memory lane here. There was and old rover abandoned near one of the buildings with these inside, I remember it being my job to lick and stick these when my Mum had been shopping ;)
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    great report Nelly, I had no idea thats what that domed tower was! Great pics mate, once again. Looks like you had a good day there :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tstranger1066 View Post
    great report Nelly, I had no idea thats what that domed tower was! Great pics mate, once again. Looks like you had a good day there :)
    It was a good day and the weather was great too.
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    Superb report, hadn't realised that there was anything like that site near here.

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    Good report and I also remember licking and sticking Green Shield Stamps.
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    Nelly you covered the site well.
    Was great to get back out there and shame about Mr 7 ancle
    Quite a little maze of a place and one where you always see somthing you missed.
    Its suprising how the things you thought in exploring wouldnt interest kinda grow on you ;)
    I spy with my little "Roc post Eye ";) hahaha
    I have a secret lol

    Night crawler, do you know whats worse regarding those stamps!
    I can still taste them

    SK / Neil :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by skeleton key View Post
    Nelly you covered the site well.
    Was great to get back out there and shame about Mr 7 ancle
    Quite a little maze of a place and one where you always see somthing you missed.
    Its suprising how the things you thought in exploring wouldnt interest kinda grow on you ;)
    I spy with my little "Roc post Eye ";) hahaha
    I have a secret lol

    Night crawler, do you know whats worse regarding those stamps!
    I can still taste them

    SK / Neil :)
    Lol, ROC posts eh?? I'd love to get down one of them!!!

    This place wins with the peely paint!!!
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    Aggghh, forgot to credit Skeleton Key for the photo with the Official Secrets Act Sign.
    Some little bastard had gone at it with a paint can and SK had one from his previous explore

    Thanks mate

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    Good pics,was that tower doable?

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    Great stuff there Nelly, nice to see that some of the electrics are still in place and not in a scrapyard somewhere. Haven't seen Green shield stamps in a long long time, god I feel old now lol

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