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Test section of a wind tunnel at Langley as seen through a window from the outside.

Test section of a wind tunnel at Langley as seen through a window from the outside.

NACA-Lewis 10ft x 10ft Unitary Supersonic Wind Tunnel. The Unitary Wind Tunnel Plan Act of Congress, a post-war act, stipulated that NACA wind tunnels were to be made available to industry for testing. This push was to encourage the improvement of existing aircraft engines. This aerial view shows the size of the facility. The Lewis Center is now known as the John H. Glenn Research Center.

NACA-Lewis 10ft x 10ft Unitary Supersonic Wind Tunnel. The Unitary Wind Tunnel Plan Act of Congress, a post-war act, stipulated that NACA wind tunnels were to be made available to industry for testing. This push was to encourage the improvement of existing aircraft engines. This aerial view shows the size of the facility. The Lewis Center is now known as the John H. Glenn Research Center.

The Pioneer Aerospace Parafoil (Advanced Recovery System II), undergoes testing in the world's largest wind tunnel, the 80 x 120 Foot Tunnel at NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View California.

The Pioneer Aerospace Parafoil (Advanced Recovery System II), undergoes testing in the world's largest wind tunnel, the 80 x 120 Foot Tunnel at NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View California.

Looking down the throat of the world's larget tunnel. The scene is NACA's 40 x 80 foot wind tunnel at Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California. The camera is stationed in the tunnel's largest section, 173 feet wide by 132 feet high.

Looking down the throat of the world's larget tunnel. The scene is NACA's 40 x 80 foot wind tunnel at Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California. The camera is stationed in the tunnel's largest section, 173 feet wide by 132 feet high.

Hyper X mounted on Pegasus booster rocket in 20 Inch Mach 6 Wind Tunnel. The Hyper X is an unmanned hypersonic research aircraft launched atop an air launched Pegasus rocket and capable of reaching speeds of Mach 10.

Hyper X mounted on Pegasus booster rocket in 20 Inch Mach 6 Wind Tunnel. The Hyper X is an unmanned hypersonic research aircraft launched atop an air launched Pegasus rocket and capable of reaching speeds of Mach 10.

In September of 1959, JPL held a press conference to celebrate the opening of its new $3,500,000 hypersonic wind tunnel, the third wind tunnel built at JPL from 1947 to 1959. A JPL engineer is shown positioning a scale model of a missile in the tunnel's 21 x 21 inch test section.

In September of 1959, JPL held a press conference to celebrate the opening of its new $3,500,000 hypersonic wind tunnel, the third wind tunnel built at JPL from 1947 to 1959. A JPL engineer is shown positioning a scale model of a missile in the tunnel's 21 x 21 inch test section.

Interior view of Schlieren setup in the 1 x 3 Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California.

Interior view of Schlieren setup in the 1 x 3 Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California.

Aerial view of the NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California. The large flaired rectangular structure in the center of the photo is the 80 x 120 Foot Full Scale Wind Tunnel. Adjacent to it is the 40 x 80 Foot Full Scale Wind Tunnel which has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Aerial view of the NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California. The large flaired rectangular structure in the center of the photo is the 80 x 120 Foot Full Scale Wind Tunnel. Adjacent to it is the 40 x 80 Foot Full Scale Wind Tunnel which has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

This F-86 aircraft is mounted in the 40 x 80 Foot Full Scale Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field California.

This F-86 aircraft is mounted in the 40 x 80 Foot Full Scale Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field California.

Wind tunnel test of Saturn rocket model. Langley conducted tests of the basic aerodynamic integrity of the Saturn-Apollo launch configuration.

Wind tunnel test of Saturn rocket model. Langley conducted tests of the basic aerodynamic integrity of the Saturn-Apollo launch configuration.

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