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They could then be moved to the opposite side of the building, where photographic evidence shows engines being serviced. The hangar was equipped with enclosed electric safety lighting and large wall-mounted heaters, while its ceiling and walls were sealed with insulated panels to reduce heat loss and to help prevent dust getting in. The hangar was connected to the avionics building, which had been built a few years earlier and was also used for servicing, the work being con ducted in self-contained workshops probably using free-standing test consoles.
6m) high. Flank ing the entrances are rooms which originally contained heating and air-conditioning plant to maintain a stable environment, and a raised air extraction duct is placed asymmet rically on the roofs of die stores. The main storage area measures 190ft 2'/2 in (58m) by 60ft (18m) and is eleven bays long by three bays wide, die central bay being narrower than die others. 16 (above) Barnham, Suffolk. Lifting gantry and entrance to non-nuclear component store [AA98/07818J The layout of the stores suggests that bombs were received on pantechnicons very large trucks - and off-loaded onto trol leys for storage, while their proportions show that the bombs were held partly disassem bled.
C Crown copyright. 14 Barnham, Suffolk. Site plan /original material courtesy of K and A EldredJ 30 1 2 3 4 5 Picket post Motor transport garage Standby generators Dog compound Guardroom, barracks, mess room, fire station, etc 6 Inspection and repair workshop 7 Storage building S Storage building 9 Atomic bomb stores 10 Fissile core stores 11 Inspection room 12 Observation towers W Water tanks 3 MAD - 'MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION1 Figure.?. 15 Barnham, Suffolk, a: (far left) Inner patrol path and watch tower /AA98/07801J b: (left) Air photograph showing the site as it was in 1956 [I540/RAF/I778frame 0128, 16 Jan 1956.