Eight-Foot High Speed Tunnel

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

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Description 

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 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 3, 1985
Reference number
85002798
Areas of significance
Other; Military; Engineering; Science
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic functions
Air-related; Research facility
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1925-1949
Significant years
1936; 1956

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