Tuesday 28 April 2009

Bombing range - # 09/61

The lighthouse stands to guide mariners to safety.

The black tower and huts date from WW I right up until recent times and were used for observing and photographing (with complicated camera systems) the performance of bombs as they fell, first from tiny string and paper planes with unreliable engines right up until the 1950s and 60s when the mighty British V bombers (Vulcan, Victor and Valiant) would release nuclear test bombs from 40,000 ft and the camera systems would track them down observing their trajectory and attitude as they dropped.


  1. That's scary. Great photo giving a sense of the wilderness. Where is this place?

  2. That's a might scary job for such a lovely location. I sure hope the bomb tests are over!

  3. It seems that the view is great in all directions - except perhaps downwards!

  4. Hi Chucker! TGIF and a holiday here!!
    Nice picture, amazing story!
    Loved to see the North Sea: «La mer du Nord pour dernier terrain vague»... of Jacques Brel... ;)
    Blogtrotter is still turning around Vilnius. Enjoy and have a great long weekend!

  5. Going back, looking at these, I'm struck by the cloud formations now - like the ghosts of some V bombers