Back in 2012 I had the opportunity to explore a location that would set me on the path in life I have been on ever since. The National Gas Turbine Establishment (jet engine design and development establishment) had closed its doors in 2001 and looked from the exterior to be a large industrial wasteland. However upon entering the large hanger sized structures an incredible world of vast and unique one-off machines was just waiting to be discovered and explored. Inside the largest of the structures was a huge cylindrical metal 'bottle' turned on its side. It was Cell 4 and was built in 1965 as a dedicated testing environment for the Olympus engines of Concorde. The cell could generate wind speeds within the cell of in-excess of 2000 mph. The high pressure air flow was generated nearby in a huge turbine hall known as the airhouse. Having grown up watching films like Alien, walking into this environment was like a dream come true. The opportunities for photography were everywhere you looked. It changed me overnight and I immediately knew that this is what I would take pictures of from now on and 6 years later I still am.
I am hugely thankful to this place, getting to witness a place that was instrumental in the development of the modern jet engine was a huge privilege and I know I will not see the likes of it again. The site was demolished in 2013. I have one more set already posted here from the only surviving building from the earlier site. It is the anechoic chamber where noise testing of the engines took place and was one of the first few posts I made on Ello. Enjoy!