Blast Pen 03

Blast Pen 3 from an Aerial Photograph of the Airfield from May 1947
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Blast Pen 3 from an Aerial Photograph of the Airfield from April 2020
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Blast Pen 3 Front from November 2020.
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Blast Pen 3 Rear from May 2021.
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Blast Pen 3 Rear from September 2018.
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Blast Pen 3 Rear from January 2021.
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Blast Pen 3 Left Hand Doorway from January 2021 showing single element lintel.
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Blast Pen 3 Right Hand Doorway from January 2021 showing single element lintel.
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Blast Pen 3 Rear Doorway from January 2021 showing three element lintel.
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Blast Pen 3 Rear of Centre Arm from May 2020.
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Blast Pen 3 Rear of Centre Arm from January 2021 showing cast iron tie-bar.
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Blast Pen 3 Tie-Down Ring from June 2020.
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Blast Pen 3 Shelter Interior from July 2021.
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Blast Pen 3 Shelter Interior Doors from July 2021. The black door is a modern addition, the original being is the rusty one on the right.
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Blast Pen 3 Shelter Interior from July 2021. Note the traces of original red paint.
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  • Pen 3 is the second most northerly of the pens on the eastern side of the airfield and faces west.
  • Today, the pen is complete apart from the front brick walls of each arm. It is the only pen not on private land with the original centre wall section remaining.
  • The pen is of the smaller type found at Kenley, the original two bays would have been approximately 16.5m x 16.5m each.
  • The left front doorway has through access to the rear doorway. Large steel doors secure the shelter at both ends.
  • The front doorways have single element lintels. The rear doorway has a three-element lintel.
  • The rear retaining wall is of brick construction, 10.9m long and 0.2m thick at the top. It has a slope of 10-12 degrees and is 0.72m tall at it’s highest point.
  • The interior shelter is made of semi-circular corrugated iron sheets which are overpoured with concrete.
  • The centre section originally had a front wall without a buttress, just a simple wall of one brick depth with various tie-bars added for strength.
  • Each bay has a soakaway drain situated in the interior corner where the side wall meets the rear. A drainage channel of 0.25m width runs the length of the side wall and leads into the drain.

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