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The Vertical Spinning Tunnel

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The Vertical Spinning Tunnel

 

This wind tunnel was orientated vertically such that the wind blew upwards against the gravitational force on a free falling aircraft model. It allowed the study of both the ways in which an aircraft could enter a spin and the techniques of recovery from it. Designed to accept models with wing-spans of up to seven feet, the circular working section of the tunnel was fifteen feet in diameter. Air was drawn up through the tunnel by an eight-bladed variable pitch fan powered by a 1500hp electric motor and speeds up to 100mph could be achieved. Because the problems associated with spinning were less acute by the time the tunnel was completed, it was not extensively used. However, because it could contain air at a pressure of four atmospheres, it was extensively employed as a storage vessel to provide large amounts of compressed air to other site facilities


 

 

The High Speed Laboratory complex housing the VST

A model of a Meteor aircraft flying in the VST, 1957

The whole complex which houses the tunnel is now operated as a leisure facility by the company “Bodyflight”, and the tunnel is extensively used to fly human skydivers.     




 

 

 

This page last updated - 18/06/2013

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