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RAE Windtunnel - Bedford - May 2015

Urbexbandoned

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This is the only history I could find which I can happily say I never stole from Session9 or Hamtagger :D

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 subsonic tunnel is sometimes used for testing cars on a rolling road.In March 1967 the U-2 flew out of RAE Bedford.

It was often touted as a possible site for the third London Airport (long before Stansted Airport took on that role). The local community was strongly opposed and many rural buildings were adorned with slogans such as "Thurleigh -NO!", "No! No! No!" and "Maplin Now".

The Explore

Well, I have to say thanks to Hamtagger first, if it wasn't for him I would have been wandering aimlessly like a raver in a trance! So cheers mate! (y)

After seeing the boys visited this a few weeks back I decided to go, I liked what I saw and I know the area well as I come from Bedfordshire.

Access was interesting, I had 2 options, the first was a no go so on to the second, lets put it this way. I did struggle, the only way I can put it is that basically anyone with a large chest would struggle. But anyhow I got in, unscathed and everything intact!

I was confronted by that fan, something I ended up with over 50 pics of haha. Got a bit snaphappy. There was lots to see here, lots of really loud noises too, birds which had nested and I kept thinking they were inside the building but no just the echo coming from outside.

Found the first control room, door wouldn't open. Carried on, now I know that I probably just didn't push hard enough so a great excuse for a revist! Then after some exploring found the other, was quite nice, a LOT of dial/button/switch porn. I actually spent over an hour in here. After this I ventured back down to the main bit, found some old paperwork, some test tube thingymabobs which made a nice pic and then carried on snapping. All in all quite a relaxing explore. I loved it.

I am really sorry if you get bored with the pics LOL!







































If your not asleep by this point, thanks for looking!

 

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Ooh It's awesome that you had a mooch around here. Love 6 and 3 :)

I probably have 723 pictures of that fan blade too so it's ok lol. (y)

 

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Its a great location this, some cracking pics there, the fan is worth the trip for sure (y)

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I can't believe this place is still doable,nicely done mate and by your write up the way you got in was how we managed it which was fun :)

 

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Im not going to lie,we came out less than impressed,control room panels are cool but it wasnt quite what we expected :( nwas fun geting on site and in though

 

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I'd only seen what I'd found on reports so it was nice to not get my hopes up over finding something more, good little explore though.

 

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I'd only seen what I'd found on reports so it was nice to not get my hopes up over finding something more, good little explore though.
it was nice but just not as big or full of pipes as id hoped..nice to see it back on the map again though (y)

 

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Proper nice pics there, that control room is pretty tasty innit :D

 

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Nice work :)

I know what you mean with anyone with a big chest might be challenged! haha

I like the control room shot, the desk looks like a highly polished floor :)

 

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Pahahahahahahaha now that would have been a struggled entry worth watching!

Thank you, it was very clean in there..

 

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Done well there mate and looking good :D

Every time I see this place come up I have to chuckle as reminds me of some dumb arse explorer years back

Whos research skills were clearly lacking.

He thought he was attempting to get into the wind tunnels but it turned out when he was arrested he was at Yarls wood immigration removal center? :p

 

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Pahahahahahaha that is really bad research, I know the place and it is literally just down the road from here. I'm chuckling now lol. Thanks mate, I embraced this, one of my faves!

 
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