The Hush House, February 2020

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USAF/RAF Bentwaters
Bentwaters is a former RAF Base used by the RAF and The USAF, in the cold war, which now become Bentwaters parks. Operated by the RAF from 1912 then the USAF until 1993 it was left vacant and has now become a business park like most former bases of this type. The grounds are littered with hardened aircraft hangars, bomb stores, planes, taxiways and other such stuff. Two notable buildings are "The Hush" and the "Star Wars Building". The Hush is a former testing facility hosting a rather impressive exhaust duct with the building heavily sound proofed, hence the name I would assume.

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The Visit
Now, this report is mostly focused on the Hush but this isn't the first visit to the site as I made my initial ventures in October 2018 and shortly after which allowed me to venture into other parts. So I'll stick the photos below for those who care.​
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Anyway. The Hush
As mentioned this is a former testing facility with a massive exhaust tunnel. Idea would be to have a jet inside the hanger with the engines facing into the tunnel so when ignited the fumes would be sent out and with a reduced amount noise due to the sound proofing. This allowed for rather interesting building to be constructed.

Once we cautiously drove through the security gate we parked up outside and began a rather comical entry. The heavy wind not helping.

The Control Panel
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Side on.
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Some pipes.
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Wide Shot.
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Inside the exhaust.
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49544677007_679dd34f72_b.jpgEcholess Ambiance

Selfie.
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Anyway, That'll be all.
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Nicely done. I think that those pipes would be connected to the exhaust system on the engine in test. The fumes have to go somewhere.

Thanks. For the pipes that seems like a logical solution for what they are, although they did seem to link to the silver heating pipe on the roof.
 

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Nicely done. I think that those pipes would be connected to the exhaust system on the engine in test. The fumes have to go somewhere.

Dear oh dear! Fumes and jet exhaust went out via the very large diameter exhaust ducting! The four 1.25 inch id rubber pipes were connected to the water spray bars that provided the water flow to the 'rain bars' for testing under rainfall conditions.
 

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Dear oh dear! Fumes and jet exhaust went out via the very large diameter exhaust ducting! The four 1.25 inch id rubber pipes were connected to the water spray bars that provided the water flow to the 'rain bars' for testing under rainfall conditions.

Huh, that makes slightly more sense.
 

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At Alconbury the pipes connected to halon cylinders for the overhead fire suppression system.
 
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Could make a great home conversion if allowed to add windows. The tunnel would be a temp controlled wine store, with glass doors facing into the lounge or kitchen area. I would love to find a place like this in the SW to convert in to a home.
 
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