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Construction of  Ames 40x80ft Subsonic Full Sscale Wind Tunnel; Approach to entrance cone looking north. Navy Blimp seen through opening. ARC-1943-AAL-4270

Construction of Ames 40x80ft Subsonic Full Sscale Wind Tunnel; Approa...

Construction of Ames 40x80ft Subsonic Full Sscale Wind Tunnel; Approach to entrance cone looking north. Navy Blimp seen through opening.

Full Scale Tunnel Motors Under Construction.

Full Scale Tunnel Motors Under Construction.

(07/07/1943) Construction view from inside the contraction framing of the 40x80 foot wind tunnel with a blimp flying in the background. Don Richey

North American P-51B tuft studies done in the NACA Ames Research center 16ft Transonic Wind Tunnel Radiator air scoop with oil and prestone cooler exit flaps in flush position. ARC-1943-AAL-4274A

North American P-51B tuft studies done in the NACA Ames Research cente...

North American P-51B tuft studies done in the NACA Ames Research center 16ft Transonic Wind Tunnel Radiator air scoop with oil and prestone cooler exit flaps in flush position.

North American P-51B tuft studies Radiator air scoop with oil and prestone cooler exit flaps in flush position. ARC-1943-AAL-4274

North American P-51B tuft studies Radiator air scoop with oil and pres...

North American P-51B tuft studies Radiator air scoop with oil and prestone cooler exit flaps in flush position.

Altitude Wind Tunnel Drive Fan being Assembled

Altitude Wind Tunnel Drive Fan being Assembled

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) engineers assembled the Altitude Wind Tunnel’s (AWT) large wooden drive fan inside the hangar at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory. When it was built at ... more

Altitude Wind Tunnel Drive Motor Installation

Altitude Wind Tunnel Drive Motor Installation

Construction workers install the drive motor for the Altitude Wind Tunnel (AWT) in the Exhauster Building at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory. The AWT w... more

Administration Building Lobby

Administration Building Lobby

Receptionist Mary Louise Gosney enjoys the new Administration Building at the NACA’s Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory. The Administration Building, which was located near the front entrance to the laboratory... more

Memphis Belle and Crew Visit the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Memphis Belle and Crew Visit the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Captain Robert Morgan and the rest of the Memphis Belle crew arrive in Cleveland on a rainy July 7, 1943, for three-day publicity visit. This B–17 Flying Fortress had recently become the first U.S. bomber to co... more

Navy NAS Sunnyvale, Moffett Field, Cat Altitude 1500ft E.S. East from front gate toward Shenandoah Plaza and Hanger One ARC-1943-A93-0073-9

Navy NAS Sunnyvale, Moffett Field, Cat Altitude 1500ft E.S. East from ...

Navy NAS Sunnyvale, Moffett Field, Cat Altitude 1500ft E.S. East from front gate toward Shenandoah Plaza and Hanger One

Fuels and Lubrication Researcher at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Fuels and Lubrication Researcher at the Aircraft Engine Research Labor...

A researcher at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory studies the fuel ignition process. Improved fuels and lubrication was an area of particular emphasis at... more

XA-39 model mounted for testing in the 7x120ft w.t. at Ames Research Center, California, props spinning. ARC-1943-AAL-4444

XA-39 model mounted for testing in the 7x120ft w.t. at Ames Research C...

XA-39 model mounted for testing in the 7x120ft w.t. at Ames Research Center, California, props spinning.

Construction of the Ring leading to the Test Section of the Ames 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel.

Construction of the Ring leading to the Test Section of the Ames 40x80...

Looking West at three test section bents in place for the Ames 40 x 80 foot wind tunnel. Concrete model scale support visible in the middle. Don Richey

Construction of the Fan Drive Enclosure of the 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel at Ames.

Construction of the Fan Drive Enclosure of the 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel ...

Concrete frame enclosing the fan drive bents of the 40x80 foot wind tunnel at ames. Once installed, six 40-foot-diameter fans, each powered by a 6000-horsepower electric motor maintained airflow at 230 mph or ... more

Martin B–26 Marauder at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Martin B–26 Marauder at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

The Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory’s first aircraft, a Martin B–26B Marauder, parked in front of the Flight Research Building in September 1943. The military loaned the B–26B to the National Advisory Commi... more

Cessna UC–78 Bobcat at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Cessna UC–78 Bobcat at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

The Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory acquired the five-seat Cessna UC–78 in March 1943 to maintain the proficiency of its pilots. The UC–78 was referred to as the “Bamboo Bomber” because of its wooden wings ... more

NACA Mechanics in an Allison Engine Training Class

NACA Mechanics in an Allison Engine Training Class

The Allison Engine Company's A.G. Covell instructs mechanics from various divisions at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory on the operation of the Allison ... more

AERL Baseball Team

AERL Baseball Team

The NACA’s Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory’s baseball team photographed with director Raymond Sharp. The Exchange, which operated the non-profit cafeteria, sponsored several sports teams that participated i... more

Aerial View of the Nearly Completed 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel at Ames

Aerial View of the Nearly Completed 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel at Ames

Aerial view looking North West of the nearly completed 40 x 80 foot wind tunnel. Drive and test section exposed. The facility covered 8 acres, and the air circuit was just over 1/2 mile long (2700 feet). Don Richey

Aerial view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory (with blimps in flight over Moffett runway) ARC-1943-AAL-4799

Aerial view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory (with blimps in flight ove...

Aerial view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory (with blimps in flight over Moffett runway)

Ames aerial view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory plot looking northeast with blimp in flight over Moffett Naval airstation. ARC-1943-AAL-4802

Ames aerial view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory plot looking northeas...

Ames aerial view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory plot looking northeast with blimp in flight over Moffett Naval airstation.

Navy L-Ships in formation (Alt. 600) heading south east lower San Francisco Bay ARC-1943-A91-0261-10

Navy L-Ships in formation (Alt. 600) heading south east lower San Fran...

Navy L-Ships in formation (Alt. 600) heading south east lower San Francisco Bay

Ames mechanics working on C-46 airplane in front of hangar ARC-1943-AAL-4952

Ames mechanics working on C-46 airplane in front of hangar ARC-1943-AA...

Ames mechanics working on C-46 airplane in front of hangar

Icing Research Tunnel

Icing Research Tunnel

(C-1944-7052): A Bell P-39 Airacobra fuselage and engine installed in the IRT’s diffuser supported propeller icing tests between 1944 and 1947. ..(October 18, 1944)

Early smoker meeting

Early smoker meeting

(March 2, 1944) Early "smoker" meeting at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory at Cleveland, Ohio, now known as the John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field, on March 2, 1944. Edward R. Sharp developed t... more

General Hap Arnold Visits AERL

General Hap Arnold Visits AERL

Description: (November 9, 1944) General Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold visits the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Cleveland, Ohio, now known as John H. Glenn Researc... more

Wind Tunnel View

Wind Tunnel View

Full Description: View taken facing southeast, showing scaffolding for refrigerant line construction to west end of tunnel, and application of insulation material on throat section - May 5, 1944...UID: SPD-GRIN... more

Evolution of the Airfoil

Evolution of the Airfoil

Description The historical evolution of airfoil sections, 1908-1944. The last two shapes are low-drag sections designed to have laminar flow over 60 to 70 percent of chord on both the upper and lower surface...... more

Early Rockets: German technicians stack the various stages of the V-2 rocket

Early Rockets: German technicians stack the various stages of the V-2 ...

German technicians stack the various stages of the V-2 rocket in this undated photograph. The team of German engineers and scientists who developed the V-2 came to the United States at the end of World War II a... more

Northrop P-61C, Black Widow, Fighter, In-flight Photo ARC-1944-A96-0022-22

Northrop P-61C, Black Widow, Fighter, In-flight Photo ARC-1944-A96-002...

Northrop P-61C, Black Widow, Fighter, In-flight Photo

Instrumentation in A-29

Instrumentation in A-29

(March 11, 1944) Recording high altitude flight data in a flying laboratory at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Cleveland, Ohio, now known as the John ... more

Instrumentation in B-29

Instrumentation in B-29

Description (May 1, 1944) Recording high altitude flight data in a flying laboratory at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Cleveland, Ohio, now known as ... more

Evolution of the Airfoil

Evolution of the Airfoil

The historical evolution of airfoil sections, 1908-1944. The last two shapes are low-drag sections designed to have laminar flow over 60 to 70 percent of chord on both the upper and lower surface...Image # : L-1990-04334

Engine on Torque Stand

Engine on Torque Stand

Description (April 15, 1944) Engine on Torque Stand at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio, now known as the John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field. Torque is the twisting motion pr... more

1 x 3.5-Foot High-Speed Tunnel

1 x 3.5-Foot High-Speed Tunnel

(A-6245): This view of the 1 x 3.5-Foot High-Speed Tunnel’s test chamber shows its test section (L background), controls (R), and portable multi-tube manometer panels with a camera stand in the foreground.

Sikorsky HNS-1 (YR-4B)

Sikorsky HNS-1 (YR-4B)

One of Langley's Sikorsky YR-4B/HNS-1 helicopters is seen in the 30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel. The technician is setting up camera equipment for stopped-action rotor-blade photos. Sikorsky built hundreds of R-4 he... more

Bell P–63A King Cobra at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Bell P–63A King Cobra at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

The Army Air Forces lent the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory a Bell P–63A King Cobra in October 1943 to complement the lab's extensive efforts to improve t... more

Supercharger Research at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Supercharger Research at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

A researcher in the Supercharger Research Division at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory measures the blade thickness on a supercharger. Superchargers wer... more

De-icing Research conducted at the NASA Ames Research Center. Icing flight test on C-46 airplane (flight 29 11:25am to 12:50 am)  glaze ice on loop antenna co-pilots airspeed mast. ARC-1944-AAL-5010

De-icing Research conducted at the NASA Ames Research Center. Icing fl...

De-icing Research conducted at the NASA Ames Research Center. Icing flight test on C-46 airplane (flight 29 11:25am to 12:50 am) glaze ice on loop antenna co-pilots airspeed mast.

NAS Moffett Field Naval Air Station, Mt. View, Ca Altitude 1300ft E.S. East ARC-1944-A93-0073-10

NAS Moffett Field Naval Air Station, Mt. View, Ca Altitude 1300ft E.S....

NAS Moffett Field Naval Air Station, Mt. View, Ca Altitude 1300ft E.S. East

Turning Vanes inside the Altitude Wind Tunnel

Turning Vanes inside the Altitude Wind Tunnel

Men stand in front of turning vanes inside the Altitude Wind Tunnel (AWT) at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory. The AWT was the only wind tunnel capable ... more

Avion MX-365 (XP-79) Wing 7x10ft w.t. @ Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA ARC-1944-AAL-5629

Avion MX-365 (XP-79) Wing 7x10ft w.t. @ Ames Research Center, Moffett ...

Avion MX-365 (XP-79) Wing 7x10ft w.t. @ Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Portrait: Louis a. Rodert ARC-1969-AAL-5642
Republic P-47G Thunderbolt and the NACA Flight Operations Crew

Republic P-47G Thunderbolt and the NACA Flight Operations Crew

The Flight Operations crew stands before a Republic P-47G Thunderbolt at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. The laboratory’s Flight Re... more

Bell XP–59A Airacomet in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

Bell XP–59A Airacomet in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

The secret test of the Bell YP–59A Airacomet in the spring of 1944 was the first investigation in the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory’s new Altitude Wind T... more

First Test Program in the NACA’s Altitude Wind Tunnel

First Test Program in the NACA’s Altitude Wind Tunnel

The Altitude Wind Tunnel (AWT) was the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory’s largest and most important test facility in the 1940s. The AWT employed massive co... more

Looking beyond Hangar One toward Shenandoah Plaza (parade ground) ARC-1944-A93-0073-11

Looking beyond Hangar One toward Shenandoah Plaza (parade ground) ARC-...

Looking beyond Hangar One toward Shenandoah Plaza (parade ground)

P-51 airplane model in the NACA Ames Research Center Transonic 16ft wind tunnel ARC-1944-AAL-5862

P-51 airplane model in the NACA Ames Research Center Transonic 16ft wi...

P-51 airplane model in the NACA Ames Research Center Transonic 16ft wind tunnel

P-51 airplane model in the NACA Ames Research Center Transonic 16ft w.t. ARC-1944-AAL-5863

P-51 airplane model in the NACA Ames Research Center Transonic 16ft w....

P-51 airplane model in the NACA Ames Research Center Transonic 16ft w.t.

NACA Flight Engineer in a Lockheed RA–29 Hudson

NACA Flight Engineer in a Lockheed RA–29 Hudson

A flight engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory monitors test equipment in the rear of the Lockheed RA–29 Hudson. Lockheed manufactured several va... more

NACA Photographer XSB2D-1 Navy/Douglas Airplane mounted in 40x80ft .w.t. viewed from centerpoint in guide vanes. First model tested in 40x80ft w.t. ARC-1944-AAL-5985

NACA Photographer XSB2D-1 Navy/Douglas Airplane mounted in 40x80ft .w....

NACA Photographer XSB2D-1 Navy/Douglas Airplane mounted in 40x80ft .w.t. viewed from centerpoint in guide vanes. First model tested in 40x80ft w.t.

ARC-1969-AAL-5993. Six, 40-Foot-Diameter Fans in the Ames 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel.

ARC-1969-AAL-5993. Six, 40-Foot-Diameter Fans in the Ames 40x80 Foot W...

Motor and propeller blades in 40x80ft wind tunnel. Six 40-foot-diameter fans, each powered by a 6000-horsepower electric motor maintained airflow at 230 mph or less (these are still tornado velocities).

Mounting Douglas XSB2D-1 Airplane In 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel.

Mounting Douglas XSB2D-1 Airplane In 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel.

First airplane tested in the ames 40 x 80 foot wind tunnel. Douglas XSB2D-1 (Destroyer) hanging from overhead crane above the test section. Don RIchey

N-221 Ames 40x80ft Subsonic wind tunnel construction; Constant speed - motor generator set. ARC-1944-AAL-6020

N-221 Ames 40x80ft Subsonic wind tunnel construction; Constant speed -...

N-221 Ames 40x80ft Subsonic wind tunnel construction; Constant speed - motor generator set.

Installation of the Douglas XSB2D-1 in the Test Section of the 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel at Ames.

Installation of the Douglas XSB2D-1 in the Test Section of the 40x80 F...

Test section of the Ames 40 x 80 foot wind tunnel with the overhead doors open. XSB2D-1 airplane being lowered onto the struts by the overhead crane. Mechanics and engineers on orchard ladders aligning the mod... more

Ames Aeronautica Laboratory Dedication ceremonies; Dr. Lewis and Smity DeFrance, Director, Ames Research Center standing in front of shock-wave picture. ARC-1944-AAL-6046

Ames Aeronautica Laboratory Dedication ceremonies; Dr. Lewis and Smity...

Ames Aeronautica Laboratory Dedication ceremonies; Dr. Lewis and Smity DeFrance, Director, Ames Research Center standing in front of shock-wave picture.

Female Staff Members in the Fabrication Shop

Female Staff Members in the Fabrication Shop

The loss of male NACA employees to the war effort and the military’s increased demand for expedited aeronautical research results resulted in a sharp demand for increased staffing in the early 1940s. The Aircra... more

Aircraft in the Flight Research Building at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Aircraft in the Flight Research Building at the Aircraft Engine Resear...

A Consolidated B–24D Liberator (left), Boeing B–29 Superfortress (background), and Lockheed RA–29 Hudson (foreground) parked inside the Flight Research Building at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautic... more

P-61A Airplane at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California ARC-1944-AAL-6144

P-61A Airplane at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California...

P-61A Airplane at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

P-61A Airplane at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California ARC-1944-AAL-6143

P-61A Airplane at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California...

P-61A Airplane at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

General view of Ames Subsonic 40x80ft wind tunnel from atop of the Moffett Naval Airship Hangar One (with construction of the Ames 12ft Pressure Wind Tunnel in forground)  July 17, 1944 ARC-1944-AFST-78

General view of Ames Subsonic 40x80ft wind tunnel from atop of the Mof...

General view of Ames Subsonic 40x80ft wind tunnel from atop of the Moffett Naval Airship Hangar One (with construction of the Ames 12ft Pressure Wind Tunnel in forground) July 17, 1944

PV-1 model; rear view with 2 1/2' x 2 1/2' trubulene net mount in the 7x10ft w.t. at Ames Research Center ARC-1944-AAL-6167

PV-1 model; rear view with 2 1/2' x 2 1/2' trubulene net mount in the ...

PV-1 model; rear view with 2 1/2' x 2 1/2' trubulene net mount in the 7x10ft w.t. at Ames Research Center

General view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory taken from Naval airship hangar. Shows construction of the 12ft Pressure Wind Tunnel with large cranes. ARC-1944-A-6172

General view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory taken from Naval airship ...

General view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory taken from Naval airship hangar. Shows construction of the 12ft Pressure Wind Tunnel with large cranes.

Boeing B–29 Superfortress at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Boeing B–29 Superfortress at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

A Boeing B–29 Superfortress at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. The B–29 was the Army Air Forces’ deadliest weapon during the latter... more

Altitude Wind Tunnel Control Room at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Altitude Wind Tunnel Control Room at the Aircraft Engine Research Labo...

Operators in the control room for the Altitude Wind Tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory remotely operate a Wright R–3350 engine in the tunnel’s t... more

B-29 Superfortress Engine in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

B-29 Superfortress Engine in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

The resolution of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress’ engine cooling problems was one of the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory’s (AERL) key contributions to the World War II effort. The B-29 leapfrogged previous b... more

NASA Ames Research Center's 1x3 1/2 ft wind tunnel (to illustrate 1946 budget) ARC-1944-A-6245

NASA Ames Research Center's 1x3 1/2 ft wind tunnel (to illustrate 1946...

NASA Ames Research Center's 1x3 1/2 ft wind tunnel (to illustrate 1946 budget)

NASA Ames Research Center's 1x3 1/2ft wind tunnel (to illustrate 1946 budget) ARC-1944-A-6244

NASA Ames Research Center's 1x3 1/2ft wind tunnel (to illustrate 1946 ...

NASA Ames Research Center's 1x3 1/2ft wind tunnel (to illustrate 1946 budget)

Northrop P-61A-5 Black Widow (AAF42-5572)  Note:  Used in publication in Flight Research at Ames;  57 Years of Development and Validation of Aeronautical Technology NASA SP-1998-3300  fig 44 ARC-1969-A-6270

Northrop P-61A-5 Black Widow (AAF42-5572) Note: Used in publication ...

Northrop P-61A-5 Black Widow (AAF42-5572) Note: Used in publication in Flight Research at Ames; 57 Years of Development and Validation of Aeronautical Technology NASA SP-1998-3300 fig 44

Ryan FR-1 in 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel from below.

Ryan FR-1 in 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel from below.

3/4 rear view of the Ryan FR-1 airplane mounted in the NACA Ames 40x80 foot wind tunnel from below. Production configuration. Don Richey

A Clark Y Airfoil, mounted in the 40x80 foot wind tunnel.

A Clark Y Airfoil, mounted in the 40x80 foot wind tunnel.

Clark Y Airfoil. 3/4 front view of 8x48 foot Clark Y Airfoil mounted (inverted) in the 40x80 foot wind tunnel at NACA's Ames Research Center. Don Richey

Ryan FR-1 in NACA Ames 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel.

Ryan FR-1 in NACA Ames 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel.

3/4 front view from below of the Ryan FR-1 airplane mounted in the NACA Ames 40x80 foot wind tunnel. Production configuration. Don RIchey

Towing installations on P-51 and P-61 airplanes for propeller off tests on the P-51. Rear view of P-61 in towing position preparing for take off at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California ARC-1944-AA-6374

Towing installations on P-51 and P-61 airplanes for propeller off test...

Towing installations on P-51 and P-61 airplanes for propeller off tests on the P-51. Rear view of P-61 in towing position preparing for take off at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

Towing installations on P-51 airplane for propeller off tests on the P-51 Front view of P-51 in towing position with P-61A  preparing for take off at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California ARC-1944-AAL-6373

Towing installations on P-51 airplane for propeller off tests on the P...

Towing installations on P-51 airplane for propeller off tests on the P-51 Front view of P-51 in towing position with P-61A preparing for take off at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

Towing installations on P-51 and P-61 airplanes for propeller off tests on the P-51 Front view of P-51 & P-61 in towing position preparing for take off at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California ARC-1944-AAL-6371

Towing installations on P-51 and P-61 airplanes for propeller off test...

Towing installations on P-51 and P-61 airplanes for propeller off tests on the P-51 Front view of P-51 & P-61 in towing position preparing for take off at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

Towing installations on P-51 and P-61 airplanes for propeller off tests on the P-51 Front view of P-51 & P-61 in towing position preparing for take off at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California ARC-1944-AAL-6372

Towing installations on P-51 and P-61 airplanes for propeller off test...

Towing installations on P-51 and P-61 airplanes for propeller off tests on the P-51 Front view of P-51 & P-61 in towing position preparing for take off at NACA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

Douglas BTD-1 airplane.

Douglas BTD-1 airplane.

3/4 rear view from below of Douglas BTD-1 airplane in Ames 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel, unseated, horizontal tail on. Don Richey

North American P-51B 1/3 scale model with dummy airspeed booms & mounted on thin struts in 16ft w.t. ARC-1944-AAL-6460

North American P-51B 1/3 scale model with dummy airspeed booms & mount...

North American P-51B 1/3 scale model with dummy airspeed booms & mounted on thin struts in 16ft w.t.

Douglas BTD-1 airplane

Douglas BTD-1 airplane

Douglas BTD-1 airplane 3/4 front view from below in Ames 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel, unseated, horizontal tail on. Don Richey

Refrigeration Compressors for the Altitude Wind Tunnel

Refrigeration Compressors for the Altitude Wind Tunnel

These compressors inside the Refrigeration Building at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory were used to generate cold temperatures in the Altitude Wind Tun... more

Early Testing in the Icing Research Tunnel

Early Testing in the Icing Research Tunnel

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) design engineers added the Icing Research Tunnel to the new Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory’s original layout to take advantage of the massive refrigeratio... more

NACA photographer Northrop P-61A Black Widow towing P-51B to release altitude of 28,000 ft over Muroc Dry Lake, California for in flight validating of wind tunnel measurements of drag. After the pilot released the tow cable, drag measurementrs were obtained at various airspeeds in a 20-minute unpowered flight.  Note:  Used in publication in Flight Research at Ames;  57 Years of Development and Validation of Aeronautical Technology  NASA SP-1998-3300  Fig. 17 ARC-1944-A-6538

NACA photographer Northrop P-61A Black Widow towing P-51B to release a...

NACA photographer Northrop P-61A Black Widow towing P-51B to release altitude of 28,000 ft over Muroc Dry Lake, California for in flight validating of wind tunnel measurements of drag. After the pilot released ... more

Northrop N9M-2 Airplane.

Northrop N9M-2 Airplane.

Northrop N9M-2 airplane; 3/4 front view from above.

General Henry Arnold Visits the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

General Henry Arnold Visits the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

General Henry “Hap” Arnold, Commander of the US Army Air Forces during World War II, addresses the staff at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory on November... more

Drive Fan for the Icing Research Tunnel

Drive Fan for the Icing Research Tunnel

View of the drive fan for the Icing Research Tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. The tunnel was built in the early 1940s to s... more

Westinghouse 19B Turbojet in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

Westinghouse 19B Turbojet in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

The Westinghouse 19XB turbojet seen from the side in the Altitude Wind Tunnel (AWT) test section at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory. Westinghouse start... more

Bell P-39 in the Icing Research Tunnel

Bell P-39 in the Icing Research Tunnel

A Bell P-39 Airacobra in the NACA Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory’s Icing Research Tunnel for a propeller deicing study. The tunnel, which began operation in June 1944, was built to study the formation of i... more

Mounting Douglas SB-2D Airplane in 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel at NACA Ames Research Center.

Mounting Douglas SB-2D Airplane in 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel at NACA Ames...

XSB2D-1 First test (no number) Aerodynamic test to forecast the take off distance. George Cooper was the A1:H73 pilot. Orchard ladders were used to access the ball socket attachments on the struts. Don Richey

Detailed View of Schlieren Setup

Detailed View of Schlieren Setup

Description (October 26, 1945) Detail view of Schlieren setup in the 1 x 3 Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel...Image # : A-1X3SST-19

Icing Research

Icing Research

Description (March 5, 1945) These ice formations on the propeller and fuselage surfaces of a test unit installed in the Icing Research Tunnel at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory of the National Advisory ... more

GPN-2000-000367

GPN-2000-000367

Description: (June 26, 1945) Mr. Abe Silverstein, Chief of the Wind Tunnel and Flight Research Division at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, Cleveland, ... more

Astronaut Deke Slayton during World War II

Astronaut Deke Slayton during World War II

(1945) This World War II photograph shows future Astronaut Donald Deke K. Slayton (on right) and 1st Lt. Ed Steinman (on left) beside a Douglas A-26 bomber in the Pacific Theater of Operations during the summer... more

Research pilots with P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter

Research pilots with P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter

Description: (1945) Langley research pilots (from left) Mel Gough, Herb Hoover, Jack Reeder, Steve Cavallo and Bill Gray stand in front of a P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter in this 1945 photo at Langley...Center: LARC... more

Interior View of Schlieren Setup

Interior View of Schlieren Setup

(October 26, 1945) Interior view of Schlieren setup in the 1 x 3 Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California. ..Image # : A-1X3SST-17

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

The German Rocket Team, also known as the Von Braun Rocket Team, poses for a group photograph at Fort Bliss, Texas. After World War II ended in 1945, Dr. Wernher von Braun led some 120 of his Peenemuende Collea... more

Pilotless Aircraft Research Division

Pilotless Aircraft Research Division

Description (June 27, 1945) The launching of the first rocket at the NACA's Wallop's Island Facility on June 27, 1945. Joseph Shortal described this launch as follows: "The initial operations on June 27, 1945 o... more

Icing Research Photos

Icing Research Photos

(March 5, 1945) These ice formations on the propeller and fuselage surfaces of a test unit installed in the Icing Research Tunnel at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee fo... more

North American P-51B 'Mustang' fighter in flight over bay area. The P-51 with its new laminar-flow wing sections developed by NACA was the first airplane selected for testing of airplane drag in flight and wind tunnel comparison ARC-1945-A-7120

North American P-51B 'Mustang' fighter in flight over bay area. The P-...

North American P-51B 'Mustang' fighter in flight over bay area. The P-51 with its new laminar-flow wing sections developed by NACA was the first airplane selected for testing of airplane drag in flight and wind... more

ARC-1945-A-7121

ARC-1945-A-7121

North American P-51B 'Mustang' fighter in flight over bay area. The P-51 with its new laminar-flow wing sections developed by NACA was the first airplane selected for testing of airplane drag in flight and wind... more

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

During World War II, Arsenal workers from Huntsville, Alabama. and surrounding areas responded to the call for civilian defense workers. This February 20, 1945 photo shows workers filling colored smoke grenades... more

Vultee YA–31C Vengeance at the NACA

Vultee YA–31C Vengeance at the NACA

A Bell P-39 Airacobra in the NACA Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory’s Icing Research Tunnel for a propeller deicing study. The tunnel, which began operation in June 1944, was built to study the formation of i... more