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Great Britain The Hush, USAF/RAF Bentwaters, Feb 2020

KPUrban_

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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.

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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Harrier 96
More photos can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHCzfTQ

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

Main shot.
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Sideways shot.
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Some pipes.
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Staff room, may have been set up for filming after disuse.
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Control Room.
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Inside The Exhaust
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Another Shot inside.
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A silhouette selfie inside, giving a sense of scale.
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And with that there was very little to see. We had planned to do a few other buildings but driving around we figured it would be best to leave and hope security didn't notice our presence.

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Nice. Couldn't get anywhere near this when I went as there was filming or something taking place inside. Epic site to explore on the whole
 

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For some strange reason I didn't take any shots looking out of the exhaust tube. Wish I had now, they look great!
 

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Nice. Couldn't get anywhere near this when I went as there was filming or something taking place inside. Epic site to explore on the whole
I had the same issue on my initial visits. Got right up to it and they were busy with cameras with stuff.

For some strange reason I didn't take any shots looking out of the exhaust tube. Wish I had now, they look great!
It's definitely an interesting angle. Wish I had some steel wool with me. Thanks!
 

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The former base is private property and you should not be trespassing on it. All you do is ruin it for people that have a legitimate reason to be there.
 
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