History from Ojay's report:
In 1946 Thurleigh became the site for the second Royal Aircraft Establishment site
Two new runways were built in the post-war period to accommodate the Bristol Brabazon aircraft (which required a very long runway) that ultimately never went into production
The site had several reasonably large windtunnels, one supersonic and one large subsonic
It also had a 'drop tower', the drop tower is now used as a skydiving training venue
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.
A lot of photos here but more to process but I feel that this is the jist of the set so thought I'd do my first report in a while.
I'm sure most of you are aware of the big group of people who travelled to the Ukraine for an epic trip - some from the forum and some not so I'll get on with the repo.
Duga-3 (NATO reporting name Steel Yard) was a Soviet over-the-horizon radar system. It was developed for the Soviet ABM early-warning network. The system operated from 1976 to 1989. Its distinctive and mysterious shortwave radio signal came to be known in the west as the Russian Woodpecker.
Two stations of Duga-3 were installed: a western system around Chernobyl and an eastern system in Siberia.
This transmitter for the western Duga-3 is located a few kilometers southwest of Chernobyl (south of Minsk, northwest of Kiev). The receiver was located about 50 km northeast of Chernobyl (just west of Chernihiv, south of Gomel).
The Soviets had been working on early warning radar for their anti-ballistic missile systems through the 1960s, but most of these had been line-of-sight systems that were useful for raid analysis and interception only. None of these systems had the capability to provide early warning of a launch, which would give the defenses time to study the attack and plan a response. At the time the Soviet early-warning satellite network was not well developed, and there were questions about their ability to operate in a hostile environment including anti-satellite efforts. An over-the-horizon radar sited in the USSR would not have any of these problems, and work on such a system for this associated role started in the late 1960s. Duga-3 could detect submarines and missile launches in all of Europe and the Eastern coast of United States.
The first experimental system, Duga-1, was built outside Mykolaiv in Ukraine, successfully detecting rocket launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 2,500 kilometers. This was followed by the prototype Duga-2, built on the same site, which was able to track launches from the far east and submarines in the Pacific Ocean as the missiles flew towards Novaya Zemlya. Both of these radar systems were aimed east and were fairly low power, but with the concept proven work began on an operational system. The new Duga-3 systems used a transmitter and receiver separated by about 60 km.
We were given over 2 hours to explore and split up to do what we wanted. Myself and a few others headed to the command centre at the bottom end of the site. I planned to visit this and work my way back up to the gates.
Fairly stripped out but some nice details found whilst running around this place
Walking back from the Command Centre
Some of the many murals on the walls and littering the site
There was a fair bit to cover but I was told that the cinema, kindergarten and the gym were over to the far left of the site so with the hour or so to spare I made my way over to the kindergarten which was stacked high with old beds but the building itself plus the playground made for some nice shots.
The floor was extremely rotten here and only found that out when I was halfway across so a few shots and I left to go to the admin building on the opposite side.
We done the sister site of this last month so we decided to go back and do the other one. Very similar to the others around Belgium. This blast furnace is huge!
The area this place has been built, is well a shit hole! You feel very un-safe walking the streets that back onto the fence line of this place!
HF6 steel industry dates back to 1817 when industrialist John Cockerill established the first metallurgical company here. Surviving blast furnace no.6 was built in 1959 and was active until 2008. Despite of several promises the plant has never been restarted.
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