AA Gunner Training Dome

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  1. CommanderChuff

    CommanderChuff Senior Member

    From the BBC news website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02rcd2x

    Revolutionary dome that changed the war

    Britain's lack of anti-aircraft training during the Second World War was a cause for major concern. But Henry Christian Stephens solved the problem by inventing a simulator training machine.
    Working with Kodak, he invented the 'Dome Trainer', a machine which projected film onto a spherical surface to simulate the noise of action of being dived-bombed during an enemy attack.
    There was a huge demand for this technology with 43 domes being built across the UK including one at Langham which survives today.
    This puzzling dome structure was a forerunner of today's immersive experiences including Imax screens, aircraft pilot simulation and computer games.
    Stephen Fry discovers how this revolutionary invention saved thousands of lives and shortened the Second World War.

     
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  2. Zoey

    Zoey Member

    There is one of those at RAF Wyton. The kids on camp used to post the free papers into it... There was a little slit in the side that we would peer through, just complete darkness.. I used to scare the younger ones telling them there were bodies in there lol
     
  3. Ron Goldstein

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  4. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    Langham Dome.
    worth a visit if you are in the area.

    Opening times in May are Bank Holiday Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, from 10.30am to 4pm.

    During June, July, September and October it is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, from 10.30am to 4pm.

    During August, it is open on Bank Holiday Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, from 10.30am to 4pm.
     
  5. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

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