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High Altitude Test Plant 131A Ram Jet

High Altitude Test Plant 131A Ram Jet

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G1853. Taken during March 1958 this is the power control room, where the monitoring of the High Altitude Tests are done. A manufacturing company as large as Bristol Aeroplane Company would use a lot of electricity and so would use their own power generator. When you consider that the power generating capability of a gas turbine engine is enough to supply a small town, it puts in context the amount of electricity required!

The tests were done on all kinds of gas turbine engines. The computer they used was TRW 130 which was originally designed for marine technology such as submarine engines, as well as for example as used in Concorde. This building has now been demolished.
PublisherBristol Aeroplane Company Limited
ContributorRolls-Royce Plc
Creatorcorporatename - Bristol Aeroplane Company Ltd
Datecreation - 1958-03-18
TypePhotographic prints - Black and White
Formatdimension.W - 225 mm
dimension.H - 181 mm
SourceRolls Royce plc
Coverageperiod - c1950's - 1960's
Location.Creation Site - Filton, South Gloucestershire
RightsBristol Aeroplane Company/Rolls-Royce