Eight-Foot High Speed Tunnel

Also known as: Eight-Foot Transonic Tunnel
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia



Completed in 1936, this is a significant example of the research facilities created by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the parent agency of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It was the first continuous-flow high-speed wind tunnel able to test large models and actual working parts of airplanes. It is also a landmark in wind-tunnel design for the "slotted throat" design added in 1950 that made it possible to obtain meaningful test results in the transonic range. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, October 3, 1985

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 3, 1985
Reference number
Areas of significance
Other; Military; Engineering; Science
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Air-related; Research facility
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1925-1949
Significant years
1936; 1956