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Samuel Pierpont Langley and Charles M. Manly

Samuel Pierpont Langley and Charles M. Manly

Full Description: (c. 1903) Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906) with chief mechanic and pilot, Charles M. Manly...Image # L-1990-04340

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

Construction of the 30 x 60 Foot Wind Tunnel at Langley

Construction of the 30 x 60 Foot Wind Tunnel at Langley

Full Description: This photograph from 1930 shows the 30 x 60 Foot Tunnel during construction. Smith J. de France, a NACA engineer, was in charge of the design team for the new tunnel. Planning involved the con... more

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.Modified Bell X-1 mode... more

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

First NACA test pilot: Howard Clifton Lilly

First NACA test pilot: Howard Clifton Lilly

Description: (1949) In August 1947, Howard Clifton Lilly became the first permanently assigned NACA engineering test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics' Muroc Flight Test Unit at what late... more

Richard Whitcomb examines model

Richard Whitcomb examines model

Description: (April 20, 1955) In the 8 foot High-Speed Tunnel in April 1955, Richard Whitcomb examines a model designed in accordance with his transonic area rule...Richard T Whitcomb, a young aerodynamicist at... more

F40 2655 on launcher

F40 2655 on launcher

F40 2655 on launcher

University of Maryland-Republic Terrapin Sounding Rocket  H121-2681-I(Terrapin)  Model on the Launcher

University of Maryland-Republic Terrapin Sounding Rocket H121-2681-I(...

LAL 95,647 University of Maryland-Republic Terrapin sounding rocket mounted on special launcher, September 21, 1956. Photograph published in A New Dimension Wallops Island Flight Test Range: The First Fifteen ... more

Engineer W.J. O'Sullivan, Jr. with 20 Inch Subsatellite

Engineer W.J. O'Sullivan, Jr. with 20 Inch Subsatellite

L57-525 Engineer W.J. O Sullivan, Jr., looks at inflated 20 inch subsatellite while holding inflation bottle and folded duplicate copy, February 1957. Photograph published in A New Dimension Wallops Island Fli... more

Engineer W.J. O'Sullivan, Jr. with 30 Inch Subsatellite

Engineer W.J. O'Sullivan, Jr. with 30 Inch Subsatellite

Engineer W.J. O Sullivan, Jr., seated beside 30 inch subsatellite. He holds inflation bottle and folded duplicate copy, July 1957.

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

Bell X-1E and Vought XF-8U Dynamic Models in 1957

Bell X-1E and Vought XF-8U Dynamic Models in 1957

L57-660 A technician prepares dynamic models of the Bell X-1E and the Vought XF-8U Crusader for wind tunnel testing in 1957. The Crusader was then the Navy's fastest aircraft- maximum speed Mach 1.75 at 35,000 ... more

8-Foot High Speed Tunnel (HST)

8-Foot High Speed Tunnel (HST)

Interior view of the slotted throat test section installed in the 8-Foot High Speed Tunnel (HST) in 1950. The slotted region is about 160 inches in length. In this photograph, the sting-type model support is ... more

IBM type T04 electronic data processing machine

IBM type T04 electronic data processing machine

L57-989: Man and woman shown working with IBM type T04 electronic data processing machine.

300-MPH 7 x 10-Foot Tunnel

300-MPH 7 x 10-Foot Tunnel

17-foot test section in contraction cone of 300-MPH 7 x 10-Foot Tunnel (7 x 10-Foot test section in background).

Hypersonic Boost Glider

Hypersonic Boost Glider

Hypersonic Boost Glider in 11 Inch Hypersonic Tunnel L57-1681 In 1957 Langley tested its HYWARDS design in the 11 Inch Hypersonic Tunnel. Photograph published in Engineer in Charge: A History of the Langley Ae... more

North American X-15 Drop Model

North American X-15 Drop Model

North American X-15 Drop Model

North American X-15 Drop Model

North American X-15 Drop Model

North American X-15 Drop Model

Views of F8U Airplane

Views of F8U Airplane

Views of F-8U Crusader Aircraft at NASA Langley

Views of F8U Airplane

Views of F8U Airplane

Views of F-8U Crusader Aircraft at NASA Langley

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Water Type Muffler Test

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

Phase SB Propeller installed on F88B

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee: To more clearly mark the operators of this McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, the VY of Navy has been painted out and the appropriate lettering to spell NACA has been applied. Note that the sec... more

Vertical model flying in LaRC Full Scale Tunnel

Vertical model flying in LaRC Full Scale Tunnel

Vertical model flying in Langley Research Center's Full Scale Tunnel.

Vertical model flying in LaRC Full Scale Tunnel

Vertical model flying in LaRC Full Scale Tunnel

Vertical model flying in Langley Research Center's Full Scale Tunnel.

Vertical model flying in LaRC Full Scale Tunnel

Vertical model flying in LaRC Full Scale Tunnel

Vertical model flying in Langley Research Center's Full Scale Tunnel.

8-Foot Transonic Pressure Tunnel (TPT)

8-Foot Transonic Pressure Tunnel (TPT)

8-Foot Transonic Pressure Tunnel (TPT): Sample of Schlieren results Left - Mach 1.03 Right - Mach 1.20.

8-Foot Transonic Pressure Tunnel

8-Foot Transonic Pressure Tunnel

Drawing of the 8-Foot Transonic Pressure Tunnel.

General Research Model in 300 MOH 7x10

General Research Model in 300 MOH 7x10

General Research Model in 300 MOH 7x10

Goodyear inflatable aircraft

Goodyear inflatable aircraft

Various views of the Goodyear Inflate-A-Plane mounted in Full Scale Tunnel.

8-Foot Transonic Pressure Tunnel (TPT)

8-Foot Transonic Pressure Tunnel (TPT)

8-Foot Transonic Pressure Tunnel (TPT): Sample of Schlieren results Left - Mach 1.03 Right - Mach 1.20.

Hypersonic Glider Model in Full Scale Tunnel 1957

Hypersonic Glider Model in Full Scale Tunnel 1957

L57-1439 A model based on Langley s concept of a hypersonic glider was test flown on an umbilical cord inside the Full Scale Tunnel in 1957. Photograph published in Engineer in Charge: A History of the Langley ... more

Melvin Gough at the Tail of a NACA Lockheed Plane

Melvin Gough at the Tail of a NACA Lockheed Plane

Melvin Gough at the Tail of a NACA Lockheed Plane

Hot-Air Jets/Ceramic Heat Exchangers/ Materials for Nose Cones and Reentry Vehicles

Hot-Air Jets/Ceramic Heat Exchangers/ Materials for Nose Cones and Ree...

L57-5383 Hot-air jets employing ceramic heat exchangers played an important role at Langley in the study of materials for ballistic missile nose cones and re-entry vehicles. Here a model is being tested in one ... more

Robert Champine in X-Series Pressure Suit

Robert Champine in X-Series Pressure Suit

Robert Champine in X-Series Pressure Suit. Photograph published in Engineer in Charge: A History of the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, 1917-1958 by James R. Hansen. Page 305.

F11F Airplane

F11F Airplane

F11F Airplane

IRBM in Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel

IRBM in Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel

L57-700 In the reentry flight path of this nose cone model of a Jupiter Intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) was tested in the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel. Photograph published in Engineer in Charge: A Hist... more

Five Stage Missile Research Rocket, Wallops Island , 1957

Five Stage Missile Research Rocket, Wallops Island , 1957

**Note also copied and numbered as L90-3749. -- L57-4827 caption: Take off of a five-stage missile research rocket from Wallops Island in 1957. The first two stages propelled the model to about 100,000 feet ... more

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

WS-110A "Brown Bomber"

McDonnell F4-H1 Airplane Rocket Model

McDonnell F4-H1 Airplane Rocket Model

L57-2809 Rocket model of McDonnell F4-H1 airplane on Terrier launcher with Nike booster, June 17, 1957. Photograph published in A New Dimension Wallops Island Flight Test Range: The First Fifteen Years by Jose... more

E118-2587 Model

E118-2587 Model

E118-2587 Model

Photograph of a Scientist Working at a Motherboard next to a Rocket Part at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Photograph of a Scientist Working at a Motherboard next to a Rocket Pa...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Photograph of Two Scientists Examining a Rocket Part Related to Project Beacon, at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Photograph of Two Scientists Examining a Rocket Part Related to Projec...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Photograph of Two Scientists Examining a Part of a Rocket in a Warehouse at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Photograph of Two Scientists Examining a Part of a Rocket in a Warehou...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Photograph of a Scientist Examining a Rocket inside a Warehouse at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Photograph of a Scientist Examining a Rocket inside a Warehouse at the...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Photograph of Scientists and Engineers Using a Crane and Other Motor Vehicles in Preparation to Raise a Rocket for Launch at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Photograph of Scientists and Engineers Using a Crane and Other Motor V...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Photograph of a Scientist Examining a Rocket Part Related Project Beacon, at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Photograph of a Scientist Examining a Rocket Part Related Project Beac...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Echo - A Passive Communications Satellite

Echo - A Passive Communications Satellite

Echo, NASA's first communications satellite, was a passive spacecraft based on a balloon design created by an engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center. Made of Mylar, the satellite measured 100 feet (30 meter... more

Photograph of a Scientist Working on a Rocket Part at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Photograph of a Scientist Working on a Rocket Part at the Langley Rese...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Photograph of a Rocket being raised and Prepared for Launch on at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Photograph of a Rocket being raised and Prepared for Launch on at the ...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Photograph of a Scientist Driving a Rocket Part to a Launch Pad at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Photograph of a Scientist Driving a Rocket Part to a Launch Pad at the...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Photograph of a Scientist taking a Photograph of a Rocket Part at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Photograph of a Scientist taking a Photograph of a Rocket Part at the ...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Photograph of a Rocket in the Launch Structure at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Viriginia

Photograph of a Rocket in the Launch Structure at the Langley Research...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Photograph of a Rocket Part at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Photograph of a Rocket Part at the Langley Research Center in Hampton,...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

Astronaut John Glenn - Egress Training Activity - Langley AFB, VA

Astronaut John Glenn - Egress Training Activity - Langley AFB, VA

B60-00285 (1960) --- Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., pilot of the Mercury Atlas 6 spaceflight, emerges from an egress trainer during training activity at the Langley Research Center. He is attempting to transfer o... more

Paraglider

Paraglider

Image L61-4369 is available as an electronic file from the photo lab. See URL. -- Photographed on 06/30/1961. -- Test of parawing in Full Scale Wind Tunnel. -- Published in James R. Hansen, Spaceflight Revoluti... more

Lunar Rendezvous Simulator

Lunar Rendezvous Simulator

(August 17, 1962) The Lunar Rendezvous Simulator at Langley Research Center...Image # : L-1962-06330

Photograph of Rogallo Wing in Hanger

Photograph of Rogallo Wing in Hanger

Original caption: An early model of the "Rogallo Wing" attached to a mock-up Mercury spacecraft is displayed in hanger at Langley Research Center. The Rogallo wing in the later flights of Gemini will replace th... more

Photograph of an Early Model of the Rogallo Wind for Project Gemini from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Photograph of an Early Model of the Rogallo Wind for Project Gemini fr...

Original caption: An early model of the "Rogallo Wing" attached to a mock-up Mercury spacecraft is displayed in Hanger at Langley Research Center. The Rogallo wing in later flights of Gemini will replace the 63... more

Lunar Landing Vehicle

Lunar Landing Vehicle

(May 5, 1963) Vehicle for Lunar Landing Research Facility at Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. ..Image # : L-1963-09781

NASA Pilot and Researcher Prepare for a Solar Cell Calibration Flight

NASA Pilot and Researcher Prepare for a Solar Cell Calibration Flight

Pilot Earle Boyer and researcher Henry Brandhorst prepare for a solar cell calibration flight in a Martin B-57B Canberra at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Lewis Research Center. Lewis... more

Gas Dynamics Laboratory or Spheres NASA Langley

Gas Dynamics Laboratory or Spheres NASA Langley

L65-5505 In the Gas Dynamics Laboratory, completed in 1951, researchers explored basic aerodynamic, heating and fluid-mechanical problems in the speed range from Mach 1.5 to Mach 8.0. Photograph published in En... more

The One-Inch Model Airplane

The One-Inch Model Airplane

A one-inch scale model of a typical supersonic airplane design is examined before being installed for sonic boom studies in the four foot supersonic tunnel at Langley Research Center of the National Aeronautics... more

TESTS - APOLLO 13

TESTS - APOLLO 13

S70-41983 (June 1970) --- Second photograph in sequence of three of panel separation test at Langley Research Center. The test was part of the Apollo 13 post flight investigation of the Service Module explosion... more

TESTS - APOLLO 13

TESTS - APOLLO 13

S70-41985 (15 June 1970) --- The third photograph in sequence of three showing panel separation test at Langley Research Center (LRC). The test was part of the Apollo 13 post flight investigation of the Servic... more

Technician Checks Soil Sampler on Viking Lander

Technician Checks Soil Sampler on Viking Lander

Description: (May 20, 1971) A technician checks the soil sampler of the Viking lander. An arm will scoop up a sample of the Martian soil, empty it into a hopper on the lander which will route the sample to each... more

B-57B in flight E71-23927
Quiet Clean Short Haul Experimental Engine

Quiet Clean Short Haul Experimental Engine

Program manager Carl Ciepluch poses with a model of the Quiet Clean Short Haul Experimental Engine (QCSEE) conceived by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Lewis Research Center. The QCSEE ... more

Impact Landing Dynamics Facility Crash Test

Impact Landing Dynamics Facility Crash Test

Photographed on: 08/03/75. -- By 1972 the Lunar Landing Research Facility was no longer in use for its original purpose. The 400-foot high structure was swiftly modified to allow engineers to study the dynamics... more

First Captive Flight of DAST Mated to B-52 - Close-up from Below EC77-8113

First Captive Flight of DAST Mated to B-52 - Close-up from Below EC77-...

First Captive Flight of DAST Mated to B-52 - Close-up from Below