In The Beginning

by Clive Russell


In the early days of English Electric (so I am told) it was agreed that the possession of a Wind Tunnel was a good thing.   Even a Low Speed Tunnel.  Accordingly the 9x7 in 25 hangar was eventually built.

The shell had been transported by road in sections from Strand Road and, of course, an English Electric Ward-Leonard type control system was installed to power the fan.

Right from the start of tunnel operations a detailed log-book was written up each day.

The first entry, on the 31st of March 1948, reads:

However, the fault was put right and a few days later the fan was run for the first time, as these subsequent entries show:

28 May 2002   (revised 18 July 2002)