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Countdown to Bang: The wind tunnel

Updated Monday, 29th June 2009

A behind the scenes look at the disused wind tunnel which is to be the home of the BBC/OU series Bang Goes The Theory

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One of the highlights of this summer is promising to be Bang Goes The Theory, where our intrepid team will be pushing things until they explode and reveal their secrets.

Their lair is a converted former wind tunnel in Bedfordshire, and OpenLearn has been popping down from time to time to keep an eye on the process of turning a former RAF facility into the nation's biggest laboratory. We'll be sharing some photos of the process with you over the next week or so.

This, then, is the starting point – pretty much, as you'll see, how the plane-makers left the place.

An innocent-looking, disused facility... Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC
An innocent-looking, disused facility...
The outside of the tunnel building Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC
But these people have plans for it...
Bang Goes The Theory - Inside the abandoned RAF building Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC
Inside the abandoned RAF building
The old wind tunnel control panel Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC
The nerve centre of the operation. But what's in store?

Read more about Bang Goes The Theory from The Open University and the BBC





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