A Large Slice of Pye

A Large Slice of Pye

The huge structure known as The Air House at The National Gas Turbine Establishment at Pyestock, near Fleet UK.
These gargantuan machines would once have taken in air from outside, and forced it through iron pipes towards one of four "cells", where gas turbine, or jet, engines would have been subjected to wind speeds up to Mach 2 at equivalent pressures to those found at 60,000ft.
The engines used on Concorde were tested here in the 1960’s, a proud chapter in Britain’s historic aerospace programme. Due to ever increasing running costs and improvements in computer simulations, Pyestock was gradually closed down during the 1990’s, before being completely decommissioned in 2000.
The place is in extremely good condition, given that is has been closed for more than a decade. The only graffiti to be seen is from fellow urban explorers, with dozens of names scrawled into the layers of dust.

Posted by Trev.Pack on 2012-09-24 21:29:53

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