This black and white postcard from « Lapie » (above), gives an overview of the field. In the background is the hamlet of Vaubrun.
In the foreground the south winch and in front of it, laid on sleepers, the pulley system used during the maneuver.
The tripod rested on three pillars: one concrete pillar (100 tons) for anchoring the wind turbine where it could be unlocked for the tilting and the two massive pillars supporting the axes of rotation during the maneuver (150 tons each). In the background, the research station, in white, housed offices, measuring instruments and a small workshop.
Perpendicular to the laboratory, a shed used for storage. There was a 1/15th scale model of the tripod (about 1 meter high) that made me dream as it was so lifelike. I would gladly have accepted as a Christmas present. No one knows what became of it. It may have been scrapped with the rest. It is also possible that someone has inherited without having the slightest idea what it is and it lies dormant somewhere.
One can see all around the field, 8 towers of 31 meters equipped with BEST-Romani anemometers and a 60 meters pylon topped with the windsock used to refine the orientation of the wind turbine. These pylons were arranged in a circle at a sufficient distance from the turbine so that their anemometers might not be disturbed by the movements of the propeller.
One can guess along the path to the winch, the hut (dark) which housed the station manager when tilting . This picture has been taken the wind turbine halted as evidenced by its orientation relative to the wind direction indicated by the windsock at the top of tower 60 meters (operating, the propeller would have been turned in the opposite direction) .
The small white building that is seen in the angle of the field in the bottom right next to the logo "Lapie", hosted the lavatories.
The pictures of the tilting of the wind turbine were taken from the other side of the fence of the terrain, in the field right on the photo in the axis « north feet - hut of command ».