secret operation 610 revealed by RAAAF + studio frank havermans
secret operation 610 revealed by RAAAF + studio frank havermans secret operation 610 revealed by RAAAF + studio frank havermans
sep 13, 2013

secret operation 610 revealed by RAAAF + studio frank havermans


in collaboration with studio frank havermans, dutch design studio RAAAF has revealed ‘secret operation 610’ for vrede van utrecht 2013 (the peace of utrecht festival). emerging from the shelter of a former F15 hanger at cold war airbase soesterberg, the mobile design creeps along the apparently unending airstrip. the lethargic pace of the caterpillar wheels gives viewers a long period of contemplation of the elevated vessel and its historical context at the military airbase.

secret operation 610 emerges from the hanger
all images by © michiel de cleene



designed by RAAAF in collaboration with studio frank havermans, the form resembles aircraft but is flightless. what appear to be wings turn into two long arms that descend to the ground and end in traditional military treads to supported the structure. a third supports extends over the back end of the capsule. the general aesthetic of the sculptural object resembles something from a science fiction movie. however, it is a functional work that serves as a research station. one of the groups occupying the space is cleanera: technical university (TU) delft aerospace engineering students who are developing the ‘no noise, no carbon, just fly’ technologies for the future of flight.

the research station moves slowly down the endless runway

a slow pace allows viewers to contemplate the historical context of the site

the design manifests the aesthetic of science fiction films

the main capsule comfortably seats 12

secret operation 610 in the historical context of a cold war military base

nature frames the monstrous design


  • Wat een interessant DING! Nog te zien en toegankelijk? In elk geval dank voor aanblik op designboom + groet, J.F. Röntgen/0653715027

    jan frederik röntgen says:
  • Someone had fun seeing this through to construction and wasted a good deal of money on it.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Boy, stretching the words just a bit.
    ‘Secret Operation 610’ – Do you think anyone would have cared if they never heard of this?
    ‘Research Station’ – Researching what?
    ‘Slow Pace” – Its self powered?
    ‘Main capsule comfortably seats 12′ – Capsule? Comfort? I thought it was a research station not a station wagon.
    ”Nature frames’ – Especially when you put the damn thing in the way of an otherwise perfectly lovely view.
    I should not have bothered to read the ‘text’. It was bad enough already.

    Ron Smith says:
  • I applaude the amazing unusefulness of this! Not everything has to be so darned practical. Come on rietveld landscape – fuel our minds with Secret Operation 611 soon!

    Peter Fagerberg says:

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