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The coldest of Cold War relics has opened to the public after years of secrecy. <br />
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Barnes Wallis's amazing Stratosphere Chamber was built at Brooklands in 1947 to test aircraft in high altitude conditions of flight.<br />
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Constructed from the hull of a nuclear submarine the 340 ton structure could replicate temperatures down to -60 centigrade at 60,000 feet, as well as blasting rain, sleet or snow at 40 kts through the sealed chamber.<br />
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As well as aircraft the facility was also used to test naval equipment in freezing arctic conditions, and even the effects of icing on trawler rigging.<br />
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The gigantic structure, containing the cockpit of a Viscount passenger aircraft, has now been spruced up and is open to the public at the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge.