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Max M. Munk

Max M. Munk

Description: (June 1, 1926) Michael Max Munk served as the NACA's Chief of Aerodynamics at what is now Langley Research Center. During his time at the NACA, Munk made a number of contributions to the field of a... more

Sperry M-1 Messenger

Sperry M-1 Messenger

Description (1927) A Langley researcher ponders the future, in mid-1927, of the Sperry M-1 Messenger, the first full-scale airplane tested in the Propeller Research Tunnel. Standing in the exit cone is Elton W.... more

Vought O2U-1 Corsair

Vought O2U-1 Corsair

Description (August 2, 1928) Vought O2U-1 Corsair: Suspended from the roof of the NACA's hangar at Langley Field, this Vought O2U-1 Corsair retains its float undercarriage, a contrast to other O2Us flown by the... more

20-Foot Spin Tunnel

20-Foot Spin Tunnel

Description (August 20, 1941) Data from tests of over 300 different models in Langley's free-spinning tunnels which enabled the NACA by the end of the war to establish tail design requirements for satisfactory ... more

NACA Ames 7x10 Wind Tunnel

NACA Ames 7x10 Wind Tunnel

Description (April 1, 1942) A scale model is being prepared for study in one of the 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnels at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory...Identifier: GPN-2000-001822

NACA Aircraft in Hangar - Clockwise from front center: YF-84A, D-558-1, D-558-2, B-47, X-1 ship

NACA Aircraft in Hangar - Clockwise from front center: YF-84A, D-558-1...

Description (1953) In the center foreground of this 1953 hanger photo is the YF-84A (NACA 134/Air Force 45-59490) used for vortex generator research. It arrived on November 28, 1949, and departed on April 21, 1... more

Lockheed C-141 Model in TDT

Lockheed C-141 Model in TDT

(November 16, 1962) Lockheed C-141 model in the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel (TDT). By the late 1940s, with the advent of relatively thin, flexible aircraft wings, the need was recognized for testing dynamically a... more

Boeing 737 Aerodynamics in Air and Freon 12ft w.t. test-12-495 ARC-1970-A70-2957

Boeing 737 Aerodynamics in Air and Freon 12ft w.t. test-12-495 ARC-197...

Boeing 737 Aerodynamics in Air and Freon 12ft w.t. test-12-495

Folding Tilt Rotor.

Folding Tilt Rotor.

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Aerodynamics Low cost Oblique Wing Model in 12ft w.t. ARC-1976-AC76-1426-2

Aerodynamics Low cost Oblique Wing Model in 12ft w.t. ARC-1976-AC76-14...

Aerodynamics Low cost Oblique Wing Model in 12ft w.t.

LOW SPEED AERODYNAMICS BRANCH PROGRAM IN SUPPORT OF NAVY TYPE A VSTOL VERTICAL SHORT TAKE OFF LANDING

LOW SPEED AERODYNAMICS BRANCH PROGRAM IN SUPPORT OF NAVY TYPE A VSTOL ...

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 6/27/1978 Keywords: c1978_02300s 1978_02347.jpg Larsen Scan Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

Prince Gillard, 17, a student at R. B. Stall High School, listens as Air Force Academy recruiter Captain John Mack, right, explains the principles of aerodynamics using two model F-106 Delta Dart aircraft. Captain Michael D. Kaufman is on the left

Prince Gillard, 17, a student at R. B. Stall High School, listens as A...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Charleston State: South Carolina (SC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Sgt. Rozalyn Dorsey Release Status: Release... more

FAILED AERODYNAMICS THERMOCOUPLE TC RAKE FROM INLET OF COMPRESSOR NO. 1 IN THE HIGH PRESSURE FACILITY HPF

FAILED AERODYNAMICS THERMOCOUPLE TC RAKE FROM INLET OF COMPRESSOR NO. ...

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 6/13/1979 Keywords: Larsen Scan Location Building No: 38 Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

FAILED AERODYNAMICS THERMOCOUPLE TC RAKE FROM INLET OF COMPRESSOR NO. 1 IN THE HIGH PRESSURE FACILITY HPF

FAILED AERODYNAMICS THERMOCOUPLE TC RAKE FROM INLET OF COMPRESSOR NO. ...

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 6/13/1979 Keywords: Larsen Scan Location Building No: 38 Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

Ret. Brig. GEN. Charles "Chuck" Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier in-flight, left, discusses aerodynamics with Stan Barrett. A former Air Force medical technician, Barrett is the first man to break the sound barrier on land

Ret. Brig. GEN. Charles "Chuck" Yeager, the first man to break the sou...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MASTER SGT. Paul J. Harrington Rele... more

Aviation prelight indoctrination students study aerodynamics prior to primary flight training

Aviation prelight indoctrination students study aerodynamics prior to ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, Pensacola State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: JOCS Kirby Harrison Release Stat... more

Aviation prelight indoctrination students study aerodynamics prior to primary flight training

Aviation prelight indoctrination students study aerodynamics prior to ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, Pensacola State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: JOCS Kirby Harrison Release Stat... more

KITE cavity aerodynamics & MIT 2 channel C.C.D. experimenters onboard the C-141 KAO (Massachusetts Insitiute of Technology) ARC-2010-AC84-0501-19-Edit

KITE cavity aerodynamics & MIT 2 channel C.C.D. experimenters onboard ...

KITE cavity aerodynamics & MIT 2 channel C.C.D. experimenters onboard the C-141 KAO (Massachusetts Insitiute of Technology)

Dr. Wladimiro Calarese (right), aerospace engineer, and Dr. Wilbur Hankey (left), head of the Computational Aerodynamics Group at the Aeronautical Systems Division's Flight Dynamics Laboratory, are pictured with a recently developed 3-D rotating hologram. The illuminated image in the center of the device is an aircraft turret with arrows pointing out the direction of airflow. The 3-D hologram will allow engineers to better study airflow around various aircraft

Dr. Wladimiro Calarese (right), aerospace engineer, and Dr. Wilbur Han...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

NASA Ames Graphics MAJOR NATIONAL FULL-SCALE AERODYNAMICS COMPLEX (NFAC) ROTORCRAFT TESTS SINCE 1977 COMPOSITE.   Sikosky S-76 Rotor AC77-0045, Bell 222 fuselage AC77-1388-1, Bell XV-15 Aircraft AC78-0579-3, Kaman CCR Rotor AC78-0731-1, Lokcheed X-Wing Rorotr AC79-0367-4, Boeing VERTOL BMR Rotor AC80-0120-2, Sikordky ABC Helicopter AC80-0467-17, MBB BO-105 Rotor AC83-0309-157 ARC-1987-AC87-0192

NASA Ames Graphics MAJOR NATIONAL FULL-SCALE AERODYNAMICS COMPLEX (NFA...

NASA Ames Graphics MAJOR NATIONAL FULL-SCALE AERODYNAMICS COMPLEX (NFAC) ROTORCRAFT TESTS SINCE 1977 COMPOSITE. Sikosky S-76 Rotor AC77-0045, Bell 222 fuselage AC77-1388-1, Bell XV-15 Aircraft AC78-0579-3, Ka... more

A technician inspects a model prior to its testing in the hypervelocity wind tunnel at the center's high-speed aerodynamics facility

A technician inspects a model prior to its testing in the hypervelocit...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Nswc, White Oak State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2(Ac) Scott M. Allen Release Status: Relea... more

NASA Langley Magnetic Suspension/Balance System

NASA Langley Magnetic Suspension/Balance System

A shuttle model is magnetically suspended in the transparent hexagonal test section of the MIT/NASA Langley 6 inch MSBS. Massive power supplies are required to drive electromagnets for model position control. A... more

A heavy lifting crane is used to remove the new KC-10 aircraft flight simulator from its crate at Travis Air Force Base (AFB), California (CA). The Travis Boeing Aerospace Operations Facility received its long awaited, $25-million dollar simulator which will be used to train pilots and crews on flight training. The new simulator contains an updated visual system, a new control loading system, a new sound system and improved aerodynamics

A heavy lifting crane is used to remove the new KC-10 aircraft flight ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: Air Mobility Command Scene Camer... more

A heavy lifting crane is used to position a crate containing the new KC-10 aircraft flight simulator at Travis Air Force Base (AFB), California (CA). The Travis Boeing Aerospace Operations Facility received its long awaited, $25-million dollar simulator which will be used to train pilots and crews on flight training. The new simulator contains an updated visual system, a new control loading system, a new sound system and improved aerodynamics

A heavy lifting crane is used to position a crate containing the new K...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Kristina Cilia, CIV Release Status: ... more

The effect of the underbelly UAVSAR pod on the aerodynamics of NASA's Gulfstream-III research aircraft was evaluated during several check flights in early 2007. ED07-0042-05

The effect of the underbelly UAVSAR pod on the aerodynamics of NASA's ...

The effect of the underbelly UAVSAR pod on the aerodynamics of NASA's Gulfstream-III research aircraft was evaluated during several check flights in early 2007.

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – ((ED09-0253-83) The tail cone that improves the aerodynamics of the space shuttle for its cross-country ferry flight is positioned aft of shuttle Discovery’s rocket nozzles prior to installation at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center.   Discovery returned to Earth Sept. 11 on the STS-128 mission, landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.  The shuttle delivered more than 7 tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional environmental hardware to sustain six crew members on the International Space Station.  Photo credit: NASA/Tony Landis KSC-2009-5143

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – ((ED09-0253-83) The tail cone that im...

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – ((ED09-0253-83) The tail cone that improves the aerodynamics of the space shuttle for its cross-country ferry flight is positioned aft of shuttle Discovery’s rocket nozzles prio... more

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – (ED09-0253-84)  The tail cone that improves the aerodynamics of the space shuttle for its cross-country ferry flight is positioned aft of shuttle Discovery’s rocket nozzles prior to installation at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center.   Discovery returned to Earth Sept. 11 on the STS-128 mission, landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.  The shuttle delivered more than 7 tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional environmental hardware to sustain six crew members on the International Space Station.  Photo credit: NASA/Tony Landis KSC-2009-5144

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – (ED09-0253-84) The tail cone that im...

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – (ED09-0253-84) The tail cone that improves the aerodynamics of the space shuttle for its cross-country ferry flight is positioned aft of shuttle Discovery’s rocket nozzles prio... more

Stephen Beitashour, a professional soccer player from the San Jose Earthquakes, was asked to demonstrate kicking the ball for his student audience.  With the increased globalization of soccer, more young people are playing the sport and developing motor skills to compete effectively. To enhance their skills, students in the United States and Canada recently were given the opportunity to discuss with a NASA scientist the aerodynamics of the newly designed soccer ball. To help student soccer players better understand the movement of the ball, NASA scientists at the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., recently tested the performance of the Jabulani design, and compared it to the 2006 design. Included in this study was Rabi Mehta who had done previous tests on tennis and cricket balls in wind tunnels. ARC-2010-AD10-0106-015

Stephen Beitashour, a professional soccer player from the San Jose Ear...

Stephen Beitashour, a professional soccer player from the San Jose Earthquakes, was asked to demonstrate kicking the ball for his student audience. With the increased globalization of soccer, more young people... more

DALLAS – This image was taken during a series of wind tunnel tests for Blue Origin's Space Vehicle at Lockheed Martin's High Speed Wind Tunnel Facility in Dallas. The Space Vehicle's innovative biconic shape is designed to provide more cross-range and interior volume than a traditional capsule and weigh less than a winged vehicle. More than 180 wind tunnel tests validated the company's analysis of the Space Vehicle's aerodynamics during descent through the atmosphere and the ability to change its flight path, which could increase the number of available landing opportunities and enhance the vehicle's emergency return capability.         In 2011, NASA selected Blue Origin during Commercial Crew Development Round 2 CCDev2) activities for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to mature the design and development of a crew transportation system with the overall goal of accelerating a United States-led capability to the International Space Station. The goal of CCP is to drive down the cost of space travel as well as open up space to more people than ever before by balancing industry’s own innovative capabilities with NASA's 50 years of human spaceflight experience. Six other aerospace companies also are maturing launch vehicle and spacecraft designs under CCDev2, including Alliant Techsystems Inc. ATK, The Boeing Co., Excalibur Almaz Inc., Sierra Nevada Corp., Space Exploration Technologies SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance ULA. For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew. Image credit: Blue Origin KSC-2012-3151

DALLAS – This image was taken during a series of wind tunnel tests for...

DALLAS – This image was taken during a series of wind tunnel tests for Blue Origin's Space Vehicle at Lockheed Martin's High Speed Wind Tunnel Facility in Dallas. The Space Vehicle's innovative biconic shape is... more

DALLAS – This computational fluid dynamics CFD image was taken during a series of wind tunnel tests for Blue Origin's next-generation Space Vehicle at Lockheed Martin's High Speed Wind Tunnel Facility in Dallas. The Space Vehicle's innovative biconic shape is designed to provide more cross-range and interior volume than a traditional capsule and weigh less than a winged vehicle. More than 180 wind tunnel tests validated the company's analysis of the Space Vehicle's aerodynamics during descent through the atmosphere and the ability to change its flight path, which could increase the number of available landing opportunities and enhance the vehicle's emergency return capability.       In 2011, NASA selected Blue Origin during Commercial Crew Development Round 2 CCDev2) activities for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to mature the design and development of a crew transportation system with the overall goal of accelerating a United States-led capability to the International Space Station. The goal of CCP is to drive down the cost of space travel as well as open up space to more people than ever before by balancing industry’s own innovative capabilities with NASA's 50 years of human spaceflight experience. Six other aerospace companies also are maturing launch vehicle and spacecraft designs under CCDev2, including Alliant Techsystems Inc. ATK, The Boeing Co., Excalibur Almaz Inc., Sierra Nevada Corp., Space Exploration Technologies SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance ULA. For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew. Image credit: Blue Origin KSC-2012-3152

DALLAS – This computational fluid dynamics CFD image was taken during ...

DALLAS – This computational fluid dynamics CFD image was taken during a series of wind tunnel tests for Blue Origin's next-generation Space Vehicle at Lockheed Martin's High Speed Wind Tunnel Facility in Dallas... more