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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

Propeller Research Tunnel

This test fuselage (circa 1926) is fitted with Cowl No. 10, the prototype for the first commercial installations. Developed in the PRT to reduce air resistance around a radial engine, the NACA Cowl proved to b... more

Early Rockets. Dr. Robert H. Goddard and liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket.

Dr. Robert H. Goddard and liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket in the frame from which it was fired on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Mass. It flew for only 2.5 seconds, climbed 41 feet, and landed 184 feet away in a cabb... more

Early Rockets - Dr. Goddard's 1926 rocket configuration

Dr. Goddard's 1926 rocket configuration. Dr. Goddard's liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket was fired on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts. It flew for only 2.5 seconds, climbed 41 feet, and landed 184 feet awa... more

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

Weick, Lindbergh, and Hamilton

(June 1, 1927) Fred E. Weick, head of the Propeller Research Tunnel section, 1925-1929, in rear cockpit. Charles Lindbergh in front. Tom Hamilton is standing. ..Center: LARC .Image # : L-1990-03736

NACA Langely Administrative Office

Description: (1927) Langley administrative office in. Note the blueprints on the table at right lower corner, and rubber stamp tree on the man's desk in left foreground...Image # : L-02204

NASA Electronics Research Center

Original caption: NASA-Electronics Research Center. Cambridge, Mass. Construction Project Photographs

Wright WF3W-1 Apache

Description (May 19, 1927) Wright WF3W-1 Apache: In its seaplane configuration, an NACA crew prepares the Wright XF3W-1 Apache for take off from the Little Back River. The Apache was used for engine and cowling... more

Making airplanes

Description: (1928) Langley metal workers fabricated NACA cowlings for early test installations. Cowlings reduced drag and increased aircraft performance...Center: LARC.Image # : L-03412

Curtiss Hawk

Description (1928) Curtiss Hawk with NACA Cowling in 1928...Center: LARC .Image # : L-03018

Curtiss Racer

Description: (February 1928) James H. Doolittle, the NACA's last chairman, visited Langley in February 1928 in his Curtiss Racer, the plane in which he won the 1925 Schneider Trophy Race. Photograph published ... more

NACA Cowling #10

Description (September 1, 1928) Drag can present a major problem for aircraft and many of Langley's early research was focused upon reducing aircraft drag. One method was to place a cowling or covering over the... more

Metal shop

Description: (1928) At work in the metal shop making engine cowlings. The cowlings smoothed airflow over the engine and reduced drag. This increased speed and fuel efficiency...Center: LARC .Image # : L-03332

Henry Reid at his desk

Description: (April 1928) The youthful engineer-in-charge Henry J.E. Reid sits at his desk, April 1928...Center: LARC .Image # : L-02357

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

Curtiss Hawk

Description (October 12, 1928) Army Curtiss Hawk with NACA cowling. This Curtiss AT-5A is equipped to test a NACA cowling, November 1928. It was the work done on the NACA cowling which brought Langley the Colli... more

Amelia Earhart Visits NACA (And Gets Her Coat Caught in a Wind Tunnel!)

Description (November 5, 1928) Group photo on steps of Langley Research Building in 1928. front row, left to right: E.A. Meyers, Elton Miller, Amelia Earhart, Henry Reid, and Lt. Col. Jacob W.S. Wuest. Back row... more

Curtiss AT-5a with NACA Cowling

Description (October 12, 1928) The NACA cowling as applied to a Curtiss AT-5A at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, October 1928...Center: LARC .Image # : L-03019

Wright Apache

(1928) Originally the Wright Apache had a propeller spinner over the hub and a metal jacket covering the crankcase and inner portions of its engine cylinders. An LMAL test pilot prepares to fly the Apache to hi... more

Variable Density Wind Tunnel

Description (February 14, 1928) View of the interior of the exit cone of the Variable-Density Tunnel (VDT) during its brief period of operation as an open throat design. After the fire, the VDT section engineer... more

Metal workers

Description: (1929) Metal workers welding pipe pause for the camera in this 1929 view...Center: LARC .Image # : L-01136

Fourth Flight of a Liquid Propellant Rocket

Dr. Robert H. Goddard's rocket is in the tower, ready for the July 17, 1929, test at Auburn, Massachusetts. This was the fourth flight of a liquid-propellant rocket. Rocks were piled on pipes directly under the... more

Variable Density Wind Tunnel

Description: (March 15, 1929) Left to right: Eastman Jacobs, Shorty Defoe, Malvern Powell, and Harold Turner. In this photo taken on March 15, 1929, a quartet of NACA staff conduct tests on airfoils in the Vari... more

Langley Laboratory Annual Picnic, Buckroe Beach

Description: (July 1, 1929) Langley Laboratory Annual Picnic, Buckroe Beach -- On the barrel to the left is Edward R. Ray Sharp, a future engineer in charge of the NACA's Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in ... more

Collier Trophy presentation 1929

Description: (April 10, 1929) President Herbert Hoover presents the Collier Trophy to Joseph Ames, chairman of the NACA in 1929. Three years later, as part of his plan to increase efficiency in government, Hoov... more

Fokker Trimotor, 1929

Description (1929) The Langley flight crew installs an experimental low-drag cowling on the Fokker trimotor, 1929. Such cowlings increased fuel efficiency and overall performance...Center: LARC .Image # : L-03333

Full Scale Tunnel (FST) and Seaplane Tow Channel

Description: Aerial and ground views of the overall construction of Full-Scale Tunnel (FST) and the Seaplane Tow Channel. In November 1929, Smith DeFrance submitted his recommendations for the general design of... more

Pearl I. Young

Description (March 29, 1929) Pearl I. Young, the NACA's first female professional, at work in the instrument research laboratory circa 1929. Photograph published in Winds of Change, 75th Anniversary NASA publi... more

Noordung's Three-Unit Space Station Concept

This 1929 Hermann Noordung image depicts a three-unit space station as seen from a space ship. Hermann Potocnik (1892-1929), also known as Herman Noordung, created the first detailed technical drawings of a spa... more

Hermann Noordung

Hermann Potocnik (1892-1929), also known as Herman Noordung, was an engineer in the Austrian army. Noordung wrote Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraums (The Problem of Space Travel:The Rocket Motor) (1929), a... more

Noordung's Space Station Habitat Wheel

1929 Hermann Noordung depiction of a space station habitat wheel. Hermann Potocnik (1892-1929), also known as Herman Noordung, created the first detailed technical drawings of a space station. Power was generat... more

Tow Tank #1

Description: Digging the channel for the Tow Tank. In the late 1920s, the NACA decided to investigate the aero/hydro dynamics of floats for seaplanes. A Hydrodynamics Branch was established in 1929 and special ... more

The NASA Ames 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel

As tall as a 10 story building, this towering bank of vanes turns the air smoothly around one of the four corners of the world's largest wind tunnel. This tunnel which has a test section 40 feet high and 80 fee... more

Dr. Goddard Transports Rocket

Dr. Robert H. Goddard tows his rocket to the launching tower behind a Model A Ford truck, 15 miles northwest of Roswell, New Mexico. 1930- 1932. Dr. Goddard has been recognized as the "Father of American R... more

Henry Sachs with Robert Goddard's Rocket in New Mexico

Henry Sachs, machinist, is shown with Dr. Robert H. Goddard's rocket used in the first flight at Roswell, New Mexico on December 30, 1930. The rocket attained an altitude of about 2,000 feet and speed of about ... more

Navy NAS Sunnyvale, Mt View, California prior to construction 1930 Mt View, California farm lands. Property outline in white. ARC-1930-A93-0073-1

Navy NAS Sunnyvale, Mt View, California prior to construction 1930 Mt View, California farm lands. Property outline in white.

11-Inch High-Speed Tunnel

Description: Construction of 5 Foot Vertical Wind Tunnel. The 5 Foot Vertical Wind Tunnel was built to study spinning characteristics of aircraft. It was an open throat tunnel capable of a maximum speed of 80 m... more

5-Foot Vertical Wind Tunnel

Description (September 18, 1930) Construction of 5-Foot Vertical Wind Tunnel. The 5-Foot Vertical Wind Tunnel was built to study spinning characteristics of aircraft. It was an open throat tunnel capable of a m... more

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

Curtiss Bleeker Helicopter

Description (June 18, 1930) In June of 1930 this Curtiss Bleeker Helicopter was photographed on the tarmac in front of the Langley hangar. The first successful helicopters, however, appeared in Europe later in ... more

Full Scale Tunnel (FST) and Seaplane Tow Channel

Description (August 15, 1930) Installation of Careystone covering at the Full-Scale Tunnel (FST) facility. The corrugated concrete and asbestos panels (1/4 inch thick; 42 inches wide; 62 inches long) which were... more

Wernher von Braun. Herman Oberth's Kegelduese liquid rocket engine being certified.

Dr. von Braun was among a famous group of rocket experimenters in Germany in the 1930s. This photograph is believed to be made on the occasion of Herman Oberth's Kegelduese liquid rocket engine being certified ... more

Full Scale Tunnel (FST) and Seaplane Tow Channel [Exterior]

Description (August 15, 1930) Installation of Careystone covering at the Full-Scale Tunnel (FST) facility. The corrugated concrete and asbestos panels (1/4 inch thick; 42 inches wide; 62 inches long) which were... more

12- Foot Free-Flight Tunnel

Description: .12-Foot Free-Flight Tunnel under construction: The free-flight wind tunnel is a steel sphere 60 feet in diameter and can be supplied with air compressed up to two or more atmospheres in which the ... more

Model of 5-Foot Vertical Wind Tunnel

Description (January 11, 1930) Model of 5-Foot Vertical Wind Tunnel. Carl Wenzinger and Thomas Harris wrote in NACA TR 387: "The vertical open-throat wind tunnel of the National Advisory Committee for Aero... more

Robert Goddard's Tower and Shelter at Camp Devens

Dr. Robert H. Goddard's tower and shelter at the Army artillery range at Camp Devens, in Ayer, Massachusetts in the winter of 1929-1930. Goddard originally began testing rockets on his aunt's farm in Auburn, Ma... more

19-Foot Pressure Tunnel

(L-19306): This 6-inch pilot tunnel was built to test and refine the 19-Foot Pressure Tunnel’s design prior to construction.

Curtiss Bleeker Helicopter

In June of 1930 this Curtiss Bleeker Helicopter was photographed on the tarmac in front of the Langley hangar. The first successful helicopters, however, appeared in Europe later in the decade. (Image # L-04608)

Original NACA Hangars

Description (1931) The original NACA hangars, 1931. The aircraft parked to the right is the Fairchild owned by the NACA. Just outside the hangar door is a modified Ford Model A that was used to start aircraft ... more

Full-Scale Tunnel

(L-4933): The Full-Scale Tunnel, seen from across the Back River shortly before its opening in 1931. With no common items discernable in this photo, it is difficult to appreciate the tunnel’s enormous size.

NACA Airfoils: Variable Density Tunnel

Description (February 21, 1931) By August 1929, tests in the Variable Density Tunnel had derived the family of airfoils NACA 0006 through NACA 6721, shown here in cross-section. Published in James R. Hansen, En... more

Lockheed Y1C-12

(February 13, 1931) The Lockheed Y1C-12 was a U. S. Army procured example of the Lockheed Vega. The military used the craft as a high-speed transport. The most famous Vega built was Oklahoman Wiley Post's &quot... more

Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1931 - 1934

Description: Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1931 - 1934

Navy (circa in 1931) Hangar 1 under construction, NAS Moffett Field ARC-1931-A93-0073-2

Navy (circa in 1931) Hangar 1 under construction, NAS Moffett Field

Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1931 - 1934

Description: .Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1931 - 1934..Photo ID#: AILS-A93-0074-23

Robert Goddard's Rocket After Flight

Dr. Robert H. Goddard's rocket after flight in New Mexico on April 19, 1932. Those carrying the rocket are (left to right): Nils Ljungquist, machinist; most likely Charles Mansur, welder; Goddard's brother-in-l... more

Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hill

This photograph shows the Wright Brothers Monument in the distance on Kill Devil Hill and the granite boulder that marks the place that the first take-off of the first airplane was made. On December 17, 1903, t... more

NACA Boeing model 15

May 16, 1932: The Boeing Model 15 - the Boeing PW-9 aircraft. It arrived at NACA Langley in January 1927 and was tested in the Full-Scale Tunnel which was demolished in 2010. In the background is the original h... more

Close-up of Gyroscope for Goddard's Rocket

A close-up of Dr. Robert H. Goddard's gyroscope and associated parts used in the stabilization of the rocket tested April 19, 1932, in New Mexico. The rocket was also painted to show whether revolution about it... more

Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1932 - 1934 photos provied from private collection with permission to use by NASA Ames Research Center ARC-1932-AD93-0073-20

Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1932 - 1934 photos provied from private collection with permission to use by NASA Ames Research Center

Fairchild 22

Description (April 25, 1932) Hartley Soule stands in front of this Fairchild 22 with a leading edge high lift device installed for flight testing. This was the first of three Fairchild 22s to be used by the NAC... more

Dr. Robert Goddard

Description: (c. 1932) The Goddard Space Flight Center was named in honor of Dr. Robert Goddard, a pioneer in rocket development. Dr. Goddard received patents for a multi-stage rocket and liquid propellants in ... more

5-foot Vertical Wind Tunnel

Description (July 12, 1932) The researcher is sitting above the exit cone of the 5-foot Vertical Wind Tunnel and is examining the new 6-component spinning balance. This balance was developed between 1930 and 19... more

Navy Hangar 1 Early Construction showing frame work of 'Orange Peel' door Hangar One Construction ARC-1932-A93-0074-1

Navy Hangar 1 Early Construction showing frame work of 'Orange Peel' door Hangar One Construction

USS AKRON at Moffett Field, Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Johnson of San Jose and their daughter Ruth. It was possible for the public to park on the shoulder of Bayshore Freeway and walk out on the field to inspect the 'AKRON'. No fences or security guards! ARC-1932-A88-0284-2

USS AKRON at Moffett Field, Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Johnson of San Jose and their daughter Ruth. It was possible for the public to park on the shoulder of Bayshore Freeway and walk out on the field to inspect t... more

Navy Victor A Hermann in hay next to the USS AKRON. Note lack of security then. Also note dry grass and haycocks beneath airship. ARC-1932-A88-0284-3

Navy Victor A Hermann in hay next to the USS AKRON. Note lack of security then. Also note dry grass and haycocks beneath airship.

Navy Victor A. Hermann pictured in lower left corner by the USS Akron. Contruction of first hanger at Moffett Field ARC-1932-A88-0284-4

Navy Victor A. Hermann pictured in lower left corner by the USS Akron. Contruction of first hanger at Moffett Field

View of USS AKRON, Ruth Soule' Johnson (Mrs. Vicotor A Hermann) in lower center (from private collection gifted to NASA Ames) ARC-1932-A88-0284-1

View of USS AKRON, Ruth Soule' Johnson (Mrs. Vicotor A Hermann) in lower center (from private collection gifted to NASA Ames)

Navy Another view of USS AKRON, Ruth Soule' Johnson (Mrs. Victor A Hermann) in lower center ARC-1932-AC88-0284-1

Navy Another view of USS AKRON, Ruth Soule' Johnson (Mrs. Victor A Hermann) in lower center

Navy Ridged Airship USS Macon being moved into Hanger 1 NAS Sunnyvale, CA ARC-1933-A91-0261-15

Navy Ridged Airship USS Macon being moved into Hanger 1 NAS Sunnyvale, CA

AST-01-001 - Apollo Soyuz Test Project - Apollo Soyuz Test Project, Clouds over Pacific Ocean

The original database describes this as: Description: Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), Clouds over Pacific Ocean. Image taken on Revolution 1. Original Film Magazine: CX-06, Laboratory Roll 1; Camera Data: H... more

AST-01-002 - Apollo Soyuz Test Project - Apollo Soyuz Test Project, Clouds over Pacific Ocean

The original database describes this as: Description: Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), Clouds over Pacific Ocean. Image taken on Revolution 1. Original Film Magazine: CX-06,Laboratory Roll 1; Camera Data: Has... more

The Dirigible Hanger at Moffett Field

This is a view of the huge dirigible hangar with doors open at both ends at the NASA Ames Reserach Center, Moffett Field, California. Lockheed Missiles and Space Company under contract to the NASA-Marshall Spac... more

Navy Arrival USS Macon at Sunnyvale from Lakehurst, N.J. ARC-1969-A91-0261-17

Navy Arrival USS Macon at Sunnyvale from Lakehurst, N.J.

Navy USS Macon leaving Hanger 1 prior to flight from NAS Sunnyvale, CA ARC-1969-A91-0261-18

Navy USS Macon leaving Hanger 1 prior to flight from NAS Sunnyvale, CA

Blimp J-4 Car instrument panel (non-rigid air ship) ARC-1969-A91-0261-29

Blimp J-4 Car instrument panel (non-rigid air ship)

NAS Sunnyvale Station, Mt. View CA Looking North (Moffett Field) at the top of the image the Kingsport Plunge and the dock can be seen. Thought the plunge closed in the late 20's the structure is still standing. ARC-1933-A93-0073-3

NAS Sunnyvale Station, Mt. View CA Looking North (Moffett Field) at the top of the image the Kingsport Plunge and the dock can be seen. Thought the plunge closed in the late 20's the structure is still standing.

NAS Sunnyvale, Mt View Ca Gasoline Filling Station looking west ARC-1933-A93-0073-6

NAS Sunnyvale, Mt View Ca Gasoline Filling Station looking west

NAS Sunnyvale, Mt. View CA Looking North East (Alt 1000ft) ARC-1933-A93-0073-4

NAS Sunnyvale, Mt. View CA Looking North East (Alt 1000ft)

Navy NAS Sunnyvale, Mt. View CA Administration Bldg Looking East ALt 800' ARC-1933-A93-0073-5

Navy NAS Sunnyvale, Mt. View CA Administration Bldg Looking East ALt 800'

Navy USS Macon at South Mooring circle prior to its first flight ARC-1969-A91-0261-5

Navy USS Macon at South Mooring circle prior to its first flight

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California; W/8 Pacific Fleet Battleships anchored in bay ARC-1933-A93-0075-4

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California; W/8 Pacific Fleet Battleships anchored in bay

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California; over downtown lookin down Market Street toward Ferry Building (shadow of U.S. Macon) ARC-1969-A93-0075-3

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California; over downtown lookin down Market Street toward Ferry Building (shadow of U.S. Macon)

USS MACON AT NORTH CIRCLE NASA SUNNYVALE, MT VIEW, CA ARC-1933-A91-0261-26

USS MACON AT NORTH CIRCLE NASA SUNNYVALE, MT VIEW, CA

Construction at NAS Sunnyvale later remamed NAS Moffett Field circa 1933 - 1934 photos provied from private collection with permission to use by NASA Ames Research Center ARC-1934-AD93-0073-26

Construction at NAS Sunnyvale later remamed NAS Moffett Field circa 1933 - 1934 photos provied from private collection with permission to use by NASA Ames Research Center

The Boeing P-26A

The Boeing P-26A fighter mounted in the 30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel in 1934. Nicknamed the "Peashooter," it was the first Army fighter to be constructed entirely of metal and to employ the low-wing mono... more

Weick W-1

Fred Weick designed the W-1 with tricycle landing gear. It is shown here in the Full Scale Tunnel in March 1934.

Weick W-1A of 1934

(1934) Fred Weick's homebuilt W-1A of 1934, one of the first aircraft to employ tricycle landing gear. Weick and a group of nine other Langley engineers built this small experimental airplane in their spare tim... more

NACA & Charles Lindbergh

Description: (May 23, 1934) Eight of the twelve members of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics attending the 9th Annual Aircraft Engineering Research Conference posed for this photograph at Langley ... more

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California; showing Sea Cliff, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park looking East ARC-1934-A93-0075-5

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California; showing Sea Cliff, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park looking East

Navy USS Macon moored at south circle prior to flight NAS Sunnyvale, CA ARC-1969-A91-0261-19

Navy USS Macon moored at south circle prior to flight NAS Sunnyvale, CA

Blimp Synthetic Training of Navy personnel ARC-1934-A91-0261-33

Blimp Synthetic Training of Navy personnel

Navy USS Macon Mooring at south circle U.S. Naval Airstation Sunnyvale, Mt. View CA ARC-1934-A91-0261-21

Navy USS Macon Mooring at south circle U.S. Naval Airstation Sunnyvale, Mt. View CA