8mm Film from 1960
Guided Weapons Wind Tunnel
This is a very short video reproduced from 8mm film taken by Colin Plane in the GWWT control room in the mid sixties. There is no sound track.
Thanks to Peter Fenton for passing on this information and to Joe Smith for the very comprehensive commentary below.
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The accompanying video clip of the Guided
Weapons Wind Tunnel control room was produced by Colin Plane from an 8mm
film shot by him in the mid to late 1960s.
John Parker (JVCP in the tunnel run records) is at the tunnel control console. Joe Smith, who joined the GWWT staff after being made redundant from the 18ft LSWT after the cancellation of TSR2, is the High Speed Data Acquisition System (HADES) operator.
The demand to gather data in the GWWT from simultaneously pitching and rolling models called for data capture rates which were considerably higher than those usually achieved in the late 50s when the tunnel was being designed. Data were gathered typically from 6 strain gauge balance components, tunnel stagnation pressure and temperature transducers and from the pitch and roll digital angle encoders. In total, 10 11-bit binary words were recorded 80 times per second onto magnetic tape. From the tape they were transferred at lower speed to punched cards. The Hollerith card punch (with its Queen Ann legs) can be seen in the video. It was purchased second hand c1959 and retired eventually to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.
John Parker left the company for more lucrative work in Saudi Arabia. Joe Smith remained with the tunnel until he took voluntary redundancy, from his role as Group Leader, in 1998 when ownership of the GWWT transferred from the Sowerby Research Centre to Warton Wind Tunnel Dept.
The members of staff at the time and their job descriptions were, if memory serves me right:
Joe Smith 24 July 2011