Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) Bedford - April 2011

Starting in 1946, construction work began on the airfield to turn the site into what became known as the Royal Aeronautical Establishment, Bedford. The runway was extended in the post-war period to accommodate the Bristol Brabazon aircraft (which required a very long runway) that ultimately never went into production. One local road was dropped into a cutting so that it would not sit above the level of the runway.

It was the site of experimental aircraft development and was once described as “the finest research and development establishment outside the U.S.A."

Some of the aircraft developed at the RAE establishment

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