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TOPIC: Balloon Filling Hut

Balloon Filling Hut 05 Aug 2011 11:43 #21

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Missing measurement are easy once you have a few correct ones. Brick counting is usually reasonably accurate although better with bigger buildings.
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Balloon Filling Hut 13 Aug 2011 09:36 #22

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Re post #19. Most small cloud-base met balloons were filled IN the store. If anyone needs to know how/what was done, I'll be happy to oblige.
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Balloon Filling Hut 14 Aug 2011 06:54 #23

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Resmoroh;81324 wrote: Re post #19. Most small cloud-base met balloons were filled IN the store. If anyone needs to know how/what was done, I'll be happy to oblige.
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Yes please. I should have thought that, once inflated' it would be a problem getting them out through the door without puncturing them.

The type of balloon that I recall were fairly thick skin (compared to toy balloons) and were orange in colour and would inflate to about a metre diameter although for met use they were part inflated to allow for expansion during ascent. I do know from personal experience(1960) that, if self adhesive tape is applied to the outside and then an attempt is made to remove it, the balloon will burst.

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Balloon Filling Hut 14 Aug 2011 11:25 #24

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Peter, I've sent you a PM
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Balloon Filling Hut 22 Aug 2011 21:04 #25

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The site of Deenethorpe's Balloon Filling Hut 3382/41, note the pit taking up most of the floor:

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Balloon Filling Hut 07 Sep 2011 00:36 #26

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Does anyone know what this lowered section of the floor was for?
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Balloon Filling Hut 07 Sep 2011 11:51 #27

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My first though was a gas sump for heavier than air gas to be "drained" away but that would have made no sense given the purpose of the gas:)

My one and only time in an ocean going yatcht required the bilges to be emptied before setting off to remove water and gas (propane).
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Balloon Filling Hut 06 Oct 2011 12:34 #28

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This so called "gas sump" is very puzzling. I have been trying to work out how many airfields I used hydrogen filled balloons on in my early days as a Met Man. It must be near 20 (and some - Lerwick and Crawley, etc - used the very large radiosonde balloons). The Filling Hut(s) were not always of a standard pattern. But in not one do I remember seeing any "sump" such as is described at Deenethorpe. Now Deenethorpe was built (so I'm informed by Willis & Holliss) in 1943 for the USAAF. The USAAF may have had different regulations for compressed gases? Alternatively, as it closed in 1946 (W & H) the "sump" may have been a possible amendment to the original hut. The hut would make a fine pig-sty! The "sump" could have been covered with some sort of slatted floor so that the large porcine lady was not lying in her own 'muck'!!! Happy as a Pig in Sh1t!!!!
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Balloon Filling Hut 24 Dec 2011 20:55 #29

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When I visited Rivenhall with Denis a number of years back, we noticed that there was a small addition to one end of the NFE hut. This addition had a pit in the floor. This annex (for lack of a better term) is about 6 feet square, a door in one side, a window in the opposite wall, has a pit like the one Paul has noted, and is part of the array of buildings around the tower. There is no opening from the annex to the NFE hut proper. I have come to suspect that this was the balloon filling hut at Rivenhall. Most unusual, but certainly not impossible. What do you guys think? Here are a couple of photos. It was pretty well overgrown at the time.



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Balloon Filling Hut 24 Dec 2011 21:59 #30

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And I even took a photo through the window frame of the pit, but cannot find it anywhere in the Rivenhall archive on my hard drive.
I do remember Karl and I wondering what the purpose of this annexe was, Rivenhall plans anyone?

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