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    Brief history taken from RAE Bedford - The Beginning
    The wind tunnel  provision consisted essentially of  four large high-quality research facilities,  which would allow the
    testing of aircraft configurations and components at speeds from around eighty miles per hour up to a Mach number of 5, or five times the speed of sound. These were (in order of completion) the 3x3 supersonic tunnel, the 13x9 low speed tunnel, the 8x8 supersonic tunnel, and the 3x4 high supersonic speed tunnel (HSST). The numerals identify the working section dimensions in feet, width by height. The 8x8 and the 3x4 were the largest tunnels in their Mach number range in Western Europe. A low speed tunnel was also provided specifically to study the spinning characteristics of aircraft, which was a little understood phenomenon at the time. This Vertical Spinning Tunnel (VST) and the 13x9 low speed tunnel are still in use, the VST for skydiving and the 13x9 for the development of racing cars by Red Bull. A number of small tunnels were also built to provide for aerodynamic studies of a more fundamental nature.

    These tunnels were fully utilised and served for the whole second half of the twentieth century and virtually every British aircraft project, and many from overseas, benefited from their advanced aerodynamic capabilities and from the quality and knowledge of the scientific, engineering and industrial people who staffed them. The contribution of the National Aeronautical Establishment (later the “Royal Aircraft Establishment Bedford”) to both the Nation’s security and to its industrial wellbeing was outstanding. Its legacy will continue to be felt and valued well into the twenty-first century.

    Over a period between 1970 and 1972 a group of aerodynamics staff moved from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Teddington to RAE. The group that moved was largely the High Speed Aerodynamics Group of the NPL Aerodynamics Division. About 10 people moved to Bedford. The intention was that the high speed tunnels at Teddington would be dismantled and rebuilt, and the staff would go with them. In the event, although a lot of money was spent on design-studies for this purpose, no tunnels were ever rebuilt.


    The Explore

    So we set off on a dreary Sunday Afternoon in search of some wind tunnels in the Bedfordshire countryside, we being myself and 3 non-members. When we got there, we quickly found there were actually rather a lot of cars parked up in the carpark, it should be noted that this site is very much still active, being used for industrial and commercial activities. We sneaked away from the beaten path to have a look around, it was all pretty secure so only external shots I'm afraid (Monkeymutt how did you get in!?!)





























    Deciding to head off to location number too, we headed back to the car, driving past a rather stern looking man in a high vis vest, the ‘Site Manager’ I presume. When we reached the security gate we realised they had put the barriers down and the guard was on the phone to the site manager. We were told to wait for him to get back as he wanted to “have a chat” with us. I wasn’t too happy about this and asked him what about but he was keeping quiet. A car pulled up to the entrance gate and what happened next was probably the funniest moment I have experienced whilst Urbex Adventuring… he opened the wrong gate. In a cloud of tire smoke and laughter we were through the gate, shouting “Bye then!” to the gesticulating security man, and we were off to Bletchley Park for Adventure no. 2. I hope the Site Manager wasn’t too hard on the Guard..

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    I don't think Monkeymutt will tell you. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    I don't think Monkeymutt will tell you. :P
    I know RAE Bedford - Jan 16 I'd rather work it out anyway!

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    Who is monkeymutt ha ha..sadly we could not get in that building either ☺ we got in the other one though..loving your great escape though ☺
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendJT View Post
    I know RAE Bedford - Jan 16 I'd rather work it out anyway!
    That isn't quite what I was getting at, but I'm sure you'll realise soon enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeymutt View Post
    Who is monkeymutt ha ha..sadly we could not get in that building either ☺ we got in the other one though..loving your great escape though ☺
    Ha! My mistake, sorry Mikey!

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    Hs ha it's ok..I am always making mistakes
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Ha ha! Loving this. Excellent photos as well as the bants!
    Really enjoyed the report. We too had a complete failure here, tried to ban MikeyMutt when I found out he'd got in :p
    Excellent work on the getaway! :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendJT View Post
    Deciding to head off to location number too, we headed back to the car, driving past a rather stern looking man in a high vis vest, the ‘Site Manager’ I presume. When we reached the security gate we realised they had put the barriers down and the guard was on the phone to the site manager. We were told to wait for him to get back as he wanted to “have a chat” with us. I wasn’t too happy about this and asked him what about but he was keeping quiet. A car pulled up to the entrance gate and what happened next was probably the funniest moment I have experienced whilst Urbex Adventuring… he opened the wrong gate. In a cloud of tire smoke and laughter we were through the gate, shouting “Bye then!” to the gesticulating security man, and we were off to Bletchley Park for Adventure no. 2. I hope the Site Manager wasn’t too hard on the Guard..
    You did better than us then, we had a run in with who I can assume is the very same security guard. Just you got away lightly...

    He escorted us back to our cars asking us to leave while muttering on his walkie talkie, we took our time getting in the cars until we overheard him saying "we have some arsey ones here" over the walkie talkie. As we were leaving I pulled away and stopped the other side of the gate but the other car with the group wasn't so lucky.

    Secca overtook and pulled in front of his car, leaned through the window shouting in his very own words "you and me, right now, round the back, off the record". Threatening to call the police on secca ourselves and telling him to get out of the car they got out of the gate.

    It didn't stop there though! We pulled up in the parking space just outside while we decided where to head next, only for him to follow us out stating that we were still on their property and needed to move.

    I keep an eye on this place but hearing he's still up to his tricky kind of puts me off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by urbexdevil View Post
    Secca overtook and pulled in front of his car, leaned through the window shouting in his very own words "you and me, right now, round the back, off the record". Threatening to call the police on secca ourselves and telling him to get out of the car they got out of the gate.
    Wow, how very unprofessional! I was surprised how open the access was and with nothing to stop you wandering around if you so wished it sounds like a rather unreasonable response. I don't think I'll be getting back through the gate any time soon so someone else will have to drive next time..

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