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    The history


    In 1946 the site at Thurleigh the new base for the second Royal Aircraft Establishment site.
    The site had several reasonably large wind tunnels, one supersonic and one large subsonic..
    The supersonic tunnel was dismantled by 2005 and the building which held the fans and driving motors is now used as the set for the BBC popular science programme, "Bang Goes The Theory".
    The RAE was deeply involved in the development of Concorde and was also a centre for the development of the Instrument Landing System.

    The Explore

    After having a few tip offs on how to get in myself and an exploring pal ventured up to Thurleigh. It was pretty apparent what building we where looking for when we got there so cheekily parked in the car park of the skydiving school and took a wander over the road to the wind tunnel building.

    Once inside we spent a bit of time mooching around, found the control room had a nose in there then I had to hit the crane, such an amazing view of the inside of the hanger from up there. Well worth climbing up if you plan to visit it

    Enjoy the pics 























































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    Stunning report and photos. Ones like this don't come up very often!
    Thanks for sharing :)
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    its a great place I can really recommend

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    You made a sound job a that MR, I enjoyed it, Thanks
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    Great study of the site and nice to see it aint to badly knocked around.

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    Now that's different. Good report and photos. Was the electric switched on?
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    yeah it was then

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