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  1. This was the first time at RAF Upwood Medical Facilty and it proved a good explore although heavilty trashed. While we had to crawl under a broken piece of plyboard it didnt disapoint with stuff and debris everywhere, plus nearly every piece of glass was broken. As well as it being pitch black and the only source of light was our phone torches it proved fun, we saw a lot of spent needles, gloves, dental aperatus and more. Dental lights and aperatus trashed or broken. Whilst walking around with nothing other than phone torches for light, the smell of recent fire damage from vandals whoever else, we heard foot steps, i told the girls to stay in she shadows and not move until i return, i wandered slowly until the noises got louder and hid behind a door until 2 people ermerged in which i shined my torch, they crapped it and asked if i was police or security or if i was going to harm them, i said no im a explorer and called the girls.... the look on thier face was PRICELESS. Various forms of aperatus has been left behind as well as back up generators and switch boards. The sad reality is these amongst a few other pic taken by others are the VERY last we will see of this lovely place as the diggers have moved in,,, but why??? it was in decent serviceable condition until vandals trashed it! The only facilty now is RAF Alconbury which some of the aperatus has been moved to, whilst it sits more or less disused there. Sadly it now seems there will be room for 300 houses on the Raf Upwood site, and who knows who will occupy them, RAF Upwood was a great explore but sadly the level of decay is too much now. I will personally miss the place. I hope you all enjoy this report and many other to come Lee
  2. We stumbled across this one completely by mistake when searching for another beach, made for a good afternoon. A bit of history gleaned from the internet: Originally known as the “US Navy Experimental Facility, Eleutheraâ€Â, the base originated in November 1950 when Western Electric was selected to construct a demonstration SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System) installation on the island. This was part of the larger Project Hartwell initiated by the Americans and MIT. Initially, the base consisted of a wooden Generator Building, a wooden Western Electric Laboratory building and a Communications Center which was little more than a tent. Six hydrophones were also installed at sea as part of the project. A few years later the US navy sent over a construction battalion, The Seabees, to established a more permanent base and five green huts consisting of administration, a galley and barracks were built. In 1957 the Eleuthera Auxiliary Air Force Base (AAFB) begun operations as part of the Atlantic Ballistic Missile Test Range, The Eleuthera AAFB was part of the Air Force Missile Test Center’s Atlantic Missile Range, which was used for long-range monitoring of rocket and guided missile launches, controlled targets, drones, satellites, and lunar probes for the Air Force, Army, and Navy. The Eleuthera AAFB was the fourth tracking station in along the length of the test range and formed part of there MISTRAM system. The base was supported by twenty contractor employees of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) (the primary contractor for operation and maintenance of the site’s instrumentation, including the MISTRAM system) and Pan American Airways (PAA) (the primary contractor for management, engineering, operations, and maintenance) during the 1960’s and 1970’s, and Western Electric in the 1950’s. Pan Am employed the support staff, whilst RCA employed the electronic technicians, engineers, and related equipment operators. At its peak, 45 Bahamian employees also worked at the base. The MISTRAM facility was part of Eleuthera AAFB. The Air Force Base Commander was evidently the only military officer assigned to the AAFB. The top PanAm employee had the title of Base Operations Manager, and the top RCA employee was the Instrumentation Manager. The MISTRAM system was superseded in the 1970’s and the AAFB was taken over by the NAVFAC. Phots: Maintenance Areas & Power House The old base control centre There are loads more photos here: http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/blog/the-accidental-explore-navfac-aafb-eleuthera
  3. So I heard about this place from a previous report so decided to have a look around. After gaining access immediately once we were on the site, we discovered that its fairly large, the corridors seem to go on forever. A majority of the floor has been taken up and there are random items dotted about in various different rooms. We also discovered a basement which we ventured into, which turned out to also go on forever. Away from the main building there are several small outbuildings with other junk and old documents. We also managed to find 2 of the server rooms. THE BASEMENT
  4. Not the most interesting place, but an explore is an explore! This facility was also used by Zeneca and Syngenta. The place was completely stripped bare inside, most of the interesting stuff was outside in piles. I have driven past this site countless times and had no idea it was there. It was the aerial view that caught my eye... Most of the rooms inside looked like this... Check the craftsmanship on this wood and glass staircase. Beautiful! The inner courtyards looked landscaped but have since grown out of control. Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  5. About time I had some new stuff to bring to the explore table! Hat tip to my mate for finding it. I really can't find much out about this place other than they offered fabrication, component finishing and product assembly services over a 17000m2 site. The company worked on their own projects of which some were valued in terms of multi-millions of pounds so it wasn't a small fry! The company went into liquidation and the facility closed in 2008, and here's where it gets weird - after closure, part of the site was taken over by a nearby university to house their mechanical engineering department, they too have vacated the premises some time back so now the whole site is empty. I was having autofocus issues with my camera all day so a few may not be as sharp as I'd like... It's not an interesting building externally so just the one from me There is a fair amount of empty office space It had it's own bar in the far end of the top floor of the site! Just a few records left.... Huge archive bins full of blueprints and diagrams And...we weren't expecting to find this More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157634515708164/
  6. Buckstone Brown Farm Buckstone Brown Farm is situated in a small place called Down in Kent. It was a research establishment for the Royal College of Surgeons, England from the 1930's up to the early 1990's when it closed. Sir George Buckston Browne bought Charles Darwin's former home Down House in 1927 and founded the Buckston Brown Research Farm in Downe in 1931. The Old Manor House The Research facilities