Views inside the Experimental Department

Taken around the early 1960s

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Gloucestershire Archives
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  • Hi Alistair!   The licence was granted by General Dynamics Inc., USA, to manufacture the ‘Dynapak’ range of High Energy Rate Forming machines for sale within Europe, negotiated by Jim Fielding in 1961. He also negotiated a licence to manufacture the Richard ‘Iron Shark’ Shear from Richards Inc., USA, around the same time.

    The large ‘Dynapak’ that you recall working on in Hydraulic 2 was probably the machine supplied to Garringtons in 1967. (Pictures have just been posted on the web).   John B

    By John Bancroft (18/01/2014)
  • I think that the chap on the right is Stuart Pope.

    Quite correct Andy!   John B

    By Andy Dobson (17/01/2014)
  • When I was apprenticed to John Mabbett in Hydraulic 2 in the late 1960’s, we built a large Dynapak. I remember us having to drill and tap lots of holes, then fit Helicoil inserts to them all – this took ages! Was it not built under licence from NASA in the States, or did I dream this?

    By ALISTAIR ADAMS (17/01/2014)

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