Minstry Of Supply Document: © May 1954
Plant and Equipment for Aerodynamic and Combustion Testing
This Ministry Of Supply document was found in the Plant House
and photographed in-situ. It appeared to be a specification of the building, the facilities it would provide
and the plant it required. Whilst it appears the Plant House was built to these designs, the document also
includes the original ideas for plant to be used in the building.
Both Pyestock and Whetstone are given on the cover, suggesting this document was written before the two
sites merged at Pyestock.
National Gas Turbine Establishment: © Circa 1975
This colourful and extremely impressive Recruitment Brochure outlines the scope of the facility and
includes many archival pictures of the staff, equipment, testing cells and buildings. It also features the
Anechoic Facility; the only major part of the site still in use and firmly off-limits.
Procurement Executive Brochure: © 1975
Engine And Component Test Facilities - Issue Three
This booklet was probably produced as introductory material for those starting work on the site, or for
those wanting to use its facilities. It gives a thorough overview of the air supply installations, engine
test facilities and the electrical, steam, water and fuel services; but also gives lengthy descriptions of
the component testing facilities, research rigs and the noise absorber rig facility and anechoic chamber facility.
Procurement Executive Brochure: © 1981
Engine Test Facilities - Issue Four
This booklet was probably produced as introductory material for those starting work on the site. Dated 1981, it gives a
brief history of the N.G.T.E. before giving more detailed accounts of the Air Supply installations,
the engine test facilities, data gathering techniques and the electrical, steam, water and fuel services.
Royal Aerospace Establishment Brochure: © 1988
Altitude Test Facilities
This six page brochure was packed with colour photographs of various test cells and their control rooms. It gives brief details
of the altitude test cells and the capabilities of each.
DERA Brochure: © Circa 1995-2001
Pyestock Engine Test Facilities
DERA (the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency) was formed in April 1995 by the merging of the
DGT&E and the DRA. This also consolidated the Pyestock
site under one management unit again as parts were owned by each parent company.
DERA continued to operate the site until July 2001 when most of the company was made public and floated
on the stock exchange as QinetiQ.
Therefore this brochure was produced between 1995 and 2001. It outlines the engine testing taking place at
Pyestock and the capabilities of each of the testing cells then in use. Interestingly it also refers to future
plans for Cell 3 West, but it isnít known if these were ever carried out.
DERA Brochure: © Circa 1996
Pyestock: A Celebration Of The Gas Turbine Engine
Produced by DERA, this colourful and well-designed brochure covered
the history of the development of the gas turbine and Pyestock. It also included many archive black-and-white
photographs from the early days of the site.