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11-Inch High-Speed Tunnel

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

Henry Sachs with Robert Goddard's Rocket in New Mexico

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

Curtiss Bleeker Helicopter

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 [Exterior]

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

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

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

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

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

12- Foot Free-Flight Tunnel

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

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 Aeronauti... more

19-Foot Pressure Tunnel

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.

Robert Goddard's Tower and Shelter at Camp Devens

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

Curtiss Bleeker Helicopter

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

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

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

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

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 "Winn... more

Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1931 - 1934

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

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 AR...

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

Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1931 - 1934

Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1931 - 1934

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

Robert Goddard's Rocket After Flight

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

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

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

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 ...

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

Dr. Robert Goddard

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

Fairchild 22

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

5-foot Vertical Wind Tunnel

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' d...

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 ...

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 secu...

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....

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

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 He...

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

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 lo...

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

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,...

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

The Dirigible Hanger at Moffett Field

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. ARC-1969-A91-...

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...

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

Blimp J-4 Gondola (non-rigid air ship) ARC-1969-A91-0261-31
Blimp J-4 tether (non-rigid air ship) ARC-1969-A91-0261-30
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) ARC-1969-A91-0261...

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 t...

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 ARC-19...

NAS Sunnyvale, Mt View Ca Gasoline Filling Station looking west

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 ...

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

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) ARC-1933-A...

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

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 ARC-1...

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 Battleship...

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 Ma...

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 ARC-1933-A91-026...

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

WWII Training Balloons ARC-1934-A91-0261-32
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 1...

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

USS Macon: port side control room ARC-1934-A91-0261-27
The Boeing P-26A

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 monoplane conf... more

Weick W-1A of 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

Weick W-1

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.

NACA & Charles Lindbergh

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 Be...

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, C...

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 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...

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

Navy Forward Compartment of control car, USS Macon at NAS Sunnyvale, Mt. View CA ARC-1969-A91-0261-22

Navy Forward Compartment of control car, USS Macon at NAS Sunnyvale, M...

Navy Forward Compartment of control car, USS Macon at NAS Sunnyvale, Mt. View CA

Navy USS Macon Moored at south circle, Mt. View from inside Hanger 1 ARC-1969-A91-0261-20

Navy USS Macon Moored at south circle, Mt. View from inside Hanger 1 A...

Navy USS Macon Moored at south circle, Mt. View from inside Hanger 1

Navy View looking down inside lower Fin, USS Macon ARC-1969-A91-0261-23

Navy View looking down inside lower Fin, USS Macon ARC-1969-A91-0261-2...

Navy View looking down inside lower Fin, USS Macon

Circa 1935 History of Cockpits - Macon Dirigible cabin housing viewed as sailors moor the blimp at Moffett Field (@ 1935) ARC-1935-A83-0499-26

Circa 1935 History of Cockpits - Macon Dirigible cabin housing viewed ...

Circa 1935 History of Cockpits - Macon Dirigible cabin housing viewed as sailors moor the blimp at Moffett Field (@ 1935)

Close view of  Macon Dirigible Cabin - control room housing while moored at Moffett Field (1935) ARC-1935-A83-0499-25

Close view of Macon Dirigible Cabin - control room housing while moor...

Close view of Macon Dirigible Cabin - control room housing while moored at Moffett Field (1935)

Goddard's Rocket as seen from the Launching Tower

Goddard's Rocket as seen from the Launching Tower

Col. Charles A. Lindbergh took this picture of Dr. Robert H. Goddard's rocket looking down the launching tower on September 23, 1935 in Roswell, New Mexico. In 1935 Goddard launched the A-series of tests on roc... more

Navy Santa Cruz 'Airport'.  Airport looking west: Municipal Rating: Location; 6 miles east of city- Altitude; 75ft -  Layout: L-shaped, hard smooth dirt, Drainage; natural.  East-west 2,500' X 300' North-South 2,000 X 400'  to S.E. trees, to N.E. Hanger and Aviation fuel, Tower: 50' hight - Day Service Only ARC-1935-A93-0075-9

Navy Santa Cruz 'Airport'. Airport looking west: Municipal Rating: Lo...

Navy Santa Cruz 'Airport'. Airport looking west: Municipal Rating: Location; 6 miles east of city- Altitude; 75ft - Layout: L-shaped, hard smooth dirt, Drainage; natural. East-west 2,500' X 300' North-South ... more

Navy USS Macon fighter planes in VIC formation over NAS Sunnyvale ARC-1969-A91-0261-24

Navy USS Macon fighter planes in VIC formation over NAS Sunnyvale ARC-...

Navy USS Macon fighter planes in VIC formation over NAS Sunnyvale

Navy Aerial of San Francisco Bay, California; Yerba Buena Island (Treasure Island) showing construction of San Francisco Bay Bridge ARC-1935-A93-0075-6

Navy Aerial of San Francisco Bay, California; Yerba Buena Island (Trea...

Navy Aerial of San Francisco Bay, California; Yerba Buena Island (Treasure Island) showing construction of San Francisco Bay Bridge

Navy San Franciso Bay Bridge Construction (looking west) toward San Francisco Yerba Buena Island in foreground ARC-1935-A93-0075-7

Navy San Franciso Bay Bridge Construction (looking west) toward San Fr...

Navy San Franciso Bay Bridge Construction (looking west) toward San Francisco Yerba Buena Island in foreground

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California; looking west across South Beach - China Basin to Golden Gate Park, includes Richmond District, Sea Cliff, Presidio, Marina, Fisherman's Wharf,  and Telegraph Hill. - Note the beginings of the Golden Gate Bridge in the upper right and the Bay Bridge construction in the lower right of the image. ARC-1935-A93-0075-2

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California; looking west across South Be...

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California; looking west across South Beach - China Basin to Golden Gate Park, includes Richmond District, Sea Cliff, Presidio, Marina, Fisherman's Wharf, and Telegraph Hill. - No... more

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California (waterfront - China Basin) Note the beginings of the Golden Gate Bridge in the upper right and the Bay Bridge construction in the middle right of the image. ARC-1935-A93-0075-1

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California (waterfront - China Basin) No...

Navy Aerial of San Francisco, California (waterfront - China Basin) Note the beginings of the Golden Gate Bridge in the upper right and the Bay Bridge construction in the middle right of the image.

Navy Squadrons VF-6, VB-2, VS-2, & VT-2 in Hanger at NAS Sunnyvale CA looking south ARC-1935-A91-0261-25

Navy Squadrons VF-6, VB-2, VS-2, & VT-2 in Hanger at NAS Sunnyvale CA ...

Navy Squadrons VF-6, VB-2, VS-2, & VT-2 in Hanger at NAS Sunnyvale CA looking south

Naval Air Station Synnyvale, Mt View, Ca (aerial) ARC-1935-A93-0073-7

Naval Air Station Synnyvale, Mt View, Ca (aerial) ARC-1935-A93-0073-7

Naval Air Station Synnyvale, Mt View, Ca (aerial)

Fairchild 22

Fairchild 22

Description (January 16, 1936) Fairchild 22: This is one of the hardest aircraft to identify in Langley's past, as it appeared in numerous guises. Built as a standard Fairchild 22, the NACA changed the wing, th... more

NAS Sunnyvale, Mt View (aerial) ARC-1936-A93-0073-8
Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop

Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop

(1937) After a brief stint in the printing business, Orville and Wilbur Wright decided to open a bicycle shop together. After initially only selling and repairing bicycles in Dayton, Ohio, the Wright brothers b... more

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

(Unknown) Amelia Earhart standing in front of the Lockheed Electra in which she disappeared in July 1937. Born in Atchison, Kansas in 1897, Amelia Earhart did not begin flying until after her move to California... more

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics

Description: (October 20, 1938) At this meeting Dr. Joesph S. Ames, President Emeritus of John Hopkins University, was re-elected Chairman, and Dr. Vannevar Bush, President- elect of the Carnegie Institution of... more

Sometime in 1938 Aerial of Ames Research Center - Moffett Field and Area ARC-1938-A71-2761

Sometime in 1938 Aerial of Ames Research Center - Moffett Field and Ar...

Sometime in 1938 Aerial of Ames Research Center - Moffett Field and Area

Circa 1938 Aerial of Ames Research Center - Moffett Field and area ARC-1938-AC71-2761

Circa 1938 Aerial of Ames Research Center - Moffett Field and area ARC...

Circa 1938 Aerial of Ames Research Center - Moffett Field and area

30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel

30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel

(May 28, 1938) Langley woodworkers shape the 30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel's enormous twin fan blades. At right, wood is roughed into shape from the laminated blanks, and at left, another set of blades is given a f... more

Circa 1938 Aerial of Ames Research Center - Moffett Field and area ARC-2015-AC71-2761

Circa 1938 Aerial of Ames Research Center - Moffett Field and area ARC...

Circa 1938 Aerial of Ames Research Center - Moffett Field and area

12-Foot Free-Flight Tunnel

12-Foot Free-Flight Tunnel

Description Looking through the 12-Foot Free-Flight Tunnel’s spinning fan at a model Chance Vought XF4U-1 Corsair. The pilot is inside the teardrop protrusion at bottom, while the tunnel operator (out of view... more

Spin Models

Spin Models

Description: (October 11, 1939) Spin models under construction in the model shop of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Langley Field, Virginia in 1939. These models would be placed in the Spin T... more

12 Foot Free-Flight Wind Tunnel

12 Foot Free-Flight Wind Tunnel

Description: The 12 Foot 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 operators will work. A decompression cha... more

Sikorsky XPBS-1

Sikorsky XPBS-1

Description (July 25, 1939) Sikorsky XPBS-1: The Sikorsky XPBS-1 was a large four-engined flying boat ordered by the Navy in 1935. Although never ordered into production, the NACA evaluated the craft in 1938. M... more

Langley Photographer NACA Annual Committee meeting:  All Members present - including C Abbot, Arnold, Briggs, Bush, Hester and  Lindbergh Ref: Langley No. LMAL-188872 ARC-1939-A85-0125

Langley Photographer NACA Annual Committee meeting: All Members prese...

Langley Photographer NACA Annual Committee meeting: All Members present - including C Abbot, Arnold, Briggs, Bush, Hester and Lindbergh Ref: Langley No. LMAL-188872

Early Rockets  A-4 (Aggregate-4). Later renamed the V-2 (Vengeance Weapon-2)

Early Rockets A-4 (Aggregate-4). Later renamed the V-2 (Vengeance Wea...

This drawing illustrates the vital dimensions of the A-4 (Aggregate-4). Later renamed the V-2 (Vengeance Weapon-2), the rocket was developed by Dr. Wernher von Braun and the German rocket team at Peenemuende, G... more

Early Rockets -  Hermes A-1 rocket was designed by the U. S. Army after capturing the V-2

Early Rockets - Hermes A-1 rocket was designed by the U. S. Army afte...

The Hermes A-1 rocket was designed by the U. S. Army after capturing the V-2 rocket from the German army at the conclusion of the Second World War. The Hermes A-1 is a modified V-2 rocket; it utilized the Germa... more

Early Rockets - V-2 rocket emerges from its camouflaged shelter

Early Rockets - V-2 rocket emerges from its camouflaged shelter

In this undated file photo, probably from World War II, a V-2 rocket emerges from its camouflaged shelter. The team of German engineers and scientists who developed the V-2 came to the United States after World... more

Dr. Joseph S. Ames, Chairman of National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics from 1927 to 1939. art by H.E. Lorentz November 1943 ARC-1940-AAL-4968

Dr. Joseph S. Ames, Chairman of National Advisory Committee for Aerona...

Dr. Joseph S. Ames, Chairman of National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics from 1927 to 1939. art by H.E. Lorentz November 1943

Huntsville, Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

This 1940s photo of the South side of Square in downtown Huntsville, Alabama, looking west, shows a historical bank in the background with cars parked just South of the Courthouse (not shown in photo). (Courtes... more

High-ranking NACA men looking serious

High-ranking NACA men looking serious

Description: (November 16, 1940) Dr George W. Lewis, NACA Director of Aeronautical Research (1929-1947) first visit to Ames Lab: L-R; John Parsons, William Mc Avoy, Donald H. Wood, Dr. Lewis, S. J. DeFrance, Au... more

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

In the years following World War II, the Army directed that the Huntsville, Alabama Arsenal be advertised for sale. The decision was reversed because the Army found it needed this land for the new missile work ... more

Construction of the 16ft (high speed) Wind Tunnel

Construction of the 16ft (high speed) Wind Tunnel

Description: .Date: October 4, 1940 Construction of the 16ft (high speed) Wind Tunnel. Of the original tunnels planned for Ames the 16ft had perhaps the highest priority. Assigned this precedence because it was... more

Around Marshall. Arsenal workers from Huntsville, Alabama.

Around Marshall. Arsenal workers from Huntsville, Alabama.

During World War II, Arsenal workers from Huntsville, Alabama, and surrounding areas responded to the call for civilian defense workers.

Franklin D. Roosevelt at Langley 1940

Franklin D. Roosevelt at Langley 1940

(July 29, 1940) President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Langley Field on July 29, 1940. View of President Roosevelt in a car inside a NACA hangar, two unidentified men stand behind the car, and the wing of a pl... more

Early Rockets - Aggregate-4 (A-4) illustrates the dimensions and internal workings of the rocket. Later renamed the V-2

Early Rockets - Aggregate-4 (A-4) illustrates the dimensions and inter...

This German cutaway drawing of the Aggregate-4 (A-4) illustrates the dimensions and internal workings of the rocket. Later renamed the V-2, the rocket was developed by Dr. Wernher von Braun and the German Rocke... more

Early Rockets - A-4 (Aggregate-4) rocket. Later renamed the V-2 (Vengeance Weapon-2).

Early Rockets - A-4 (Aggregate-4) rocket. Later renamed the V-2 (Venge...

The cutaway drawing of the A-4 (Aggregate-4) rocket. Later renamed the V-2 (Vengeance Weapon-2), The rocket was developed by Dr. Wernher von Braun and the German rocket team at Peenemuende, Germany on the Balti... more

NACA Employees

NACA Employees

Description(March 19, 1940) NACA Ames Personnel: Front Row; John Parsons, Manie Poole, Edward Sharp, Back Row; Carlson Bioletti, Ferril Nickle, Arthur Freeman, R J Clark..Raw Image # : M-285