Cell 1 - National Gas Turbine Establishment

The National Gas Turbine Establishment in Hampshire was born out of necessity to help counter the Russian threat at the start of the Cold War. The site, before its demolition in 2013 retained a palpable sense of place in the history of the UK, it pushed forward engineering know-how at an incredible pace and led to many of the jet engine technologies that we take for granted today. This image shows Cell 1, the earliest of the testing cells on site. Compressed air was generated in a large on-site turbine hall and could be directed to any of the 5 Cells on site at varying mach speeds.