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Lockheed P–38J Lightning at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Lockheed P–38J Lightning at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory acquired two Lockheed P–38J Lightning in October 1944 to augment their burgeoning icing research program. The P–38 was ... more

Wernher von Braun

Wernher von Braun

Dr. Wernher von Braun surrenders to U.S. Army Counterintelligence persornel of the 44th Infantry Division in Ruette, Bavaria on May 2, 1945. Left to right are Charles Stewart, CIC agent; Dr. Herbert Axster; Die... more

Altitude Wind Tunnel Operating at Night

Altitude Wind Tunnel Operating at Night

The Altitude Wind Tunnel (AWT) during one of its overnight runs at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. The AWT was run during night hou... more

NACA Wartime Safety Poster

NACA Wartime Safety Poster

One of many safety posters produced by NACA artists during World War II. The Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory established a Safety Office in 1942 to coordinate and oversee safety-related activities. The lab ... more

Douglas A-26B Airplane in Ames 40x80 Wind Tunnel.

Douglas A-26B Airplane in Ames 40x80 Wind Tunnel.

Installation of the Douglas A-26B airplane in the 40x80 foot wind tunnel at NACA's Ames Research Center. Airplane being centered over tunnel opening. Don Richey

Engineer Measures Ice Formation on an Instrument Antenna Model

Engineer Measures Ice Formation on an Instrument Antenna Model

A National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) researcher measures the ice thickness on a landing antenna model in the Icing Research Tunnel at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory. NACA design enginee... more

Altitude Wind Tunnel Control Room

Altitude Wind Tunnel Control Room

Researchers at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory monitor a ramjet's performance in the Altitude Wind Tunnel from the control room. The soundproof control... more

ARC-1945-A-8087

ARC-1945-A-8087

40x80ft w.t. - balance house, control room with Brad Wick soon after it opened. The scales measured lift, drag and other forces mechanically.

Republic P-47G Thunderbolt Undergoes Ground Testing

Republic P-47G Thunderbolt Undergoes Ground Testing

A Republic P-47G Thunderbolt is tested with a large blower on the hangar apron at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. The blower could ... more

Altitude Wind Tunnel at the NACA’s Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Altitude Wind Tunnel at the NACA’s Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Two men on top of the Altitude Wind Tunnel (AWT) at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory. The tunnel was a massive rectangular structure, which for years pr... more

NACA Pilots at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

NACA Pilots at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

The Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory’s pilot corps during the final days of World War II: from left to right, Joseph Vensel, Howard Lilly, William Swann, and Joseph Walker. William “Eb” Gough joined the grou... more

Aerial view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field California. ARC-1945-A-8479

Aerial view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field California....

Aerial view of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field California.

Guard House at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Guard House at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

A vehicle leaves the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory on August 14, 1945. At 7 p.m. that evening President Truman announced that Japan had accepted terms fo... more

Air Force Officers Visit Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Air Force Officers Visit Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

A group of 60 Army Air Forces officers visited the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory on August 27, 1945. The laboratory enacted strict security regulations t... more

Wind Tunnel Complex at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Wind Tunnel Complex at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

This aerial photograph shows the entire original wind tunnel complex at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory. The large Altitude Wind Tunnel (AWT) at the ce... more

Steam Plant at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

Steam Plant at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory

The Steam Plant at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory supplies steam to the major test facilities and office buildings. Steam is used for the Icing Resear... more

Early Rockets: V-2 rocket takes flight at White Sands, New Mexico, in 1946.

Early Rockets: V-2 rocket takes flight at White Sands, New Mexico, in ...

A V-2 rocket takes flight at White Sands, New Mexico, in 1946. The German engineers and scientists who developed the V-2 came to the United States at the end of World War II and continued rocket testing under t... more

Flying Boat Construction

Flying Boat Construction

(April 24, 1946) Technicians at Langley installing flaps and wiring on a flying-boat model, circa 1944...Image # : L-46826

Rockets or JATO Jet Assisted Take Off Units

Rockets or JATO Jet Assisted Take Off Units

Rockets or JATO Jet Assisted Take Off Units at the High Pressure Combustion Facility. Such engines were often used during the 1940s-1960s to boost heavily-laden aircraft off the ground.

First NACA presence in the Mojave Desert... And we have been there ever since!

First NACA presence in the Mojave Desert... And we have been there eve...

Description: (September 30, 1946) Five NACA engineers, headed by Walt Williams, arrived at Muroc Army Airfield (now Edwards AFB) on September 30, 1946 from Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, VA, to prepa... more

Rockets or JATO Jet Assisted Take Off Units

Rockets or JATO Jet Assisted Take Off Units

Description (March 19, 1946) Rockets or JATO Jet Assisted Take Off Units at the High Pressure Combustion Facility. Such engines were often used during the 1940s-1960s to boost heavily-laden aircraft off the ground.

John Stack

John Stack

Description: (July 9, 1946) John Stack, head of Compressibility Research Division, was a hard charging, persuasive man whose attitude toward unproven technology was usually, "Let's try the damn thing and see if... more

Ramjet I-40 Engine in Jet Static Lab

Ramjet I-40 Engine in Jet Static Lab

Description (October 23, 1946) Ramjet I-40 engine in Jet Static Lab showing the making of high speed motion pictures of thrust augmentor flame. Engineers are taking motion pictures of the exhaust gases being di... more

Test Section of High Speed Tunnel

Test Section of High Speed Tunnel

Test section of a wind tunnel at Langley as seen through a window from the outside.

Wing Flow Method

Wing Flow Method

(January 19, 1946) Semispan airplane model and flow-direction vane mounted on wing of P-51D airplane for transonic tests by wing-flow method. ..Image # : L-46802

Lockheed P-80A Airplane

Lockheed P-80A Airplane

(July 22, 1946) The Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star sits on the ramp at the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California...Image # : A-10139

Wing Flow Method

Wing Flow Method

Description (January 19, 1946) Semispan airplane model and flow-direction vane mounted on wing of P-51D airplane for transonic tests by wing-flow method.

Boeing B-29

Boeing B-29

Description (1946) Boeing B-29 long range bomber model was tested for ditching characteristics in the Langley Tank No. 2 early in 1946.

Lockheed P-80A Airplane (A-10139)

Lockheed P-80A Airplane (A-10139)

Description The Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star sits on the ramp at the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower at GRC

General Dwight D. Eisenhower at GRC

(April 11, 1946 A 1946 visit by General Dwight Eisenhower to the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory now known as John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field, Cleveland, Ohio. Center Director, Edward "Ray" Sha... more

Machine Shop Men Working at Machines

Machine Shop Men Working at Machines

Description: (July 9, 1946) Skilled machinists and toolmakers use precision machinery to make experimental engine parts at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronaut... more

Astronaut Francis D. (Drew) Gaffney

Astronaut Francis D. (Drew) Gaffney

Born on June 9, 1946, Dr. Gaffney worked as a visiting senior scientist with the Life Sciences Division at NASA Headquarters from June 1986 to June 1989. He worked with the Operational Medicine group and was a... more

Crash of Douglas  XSB2D-1 (Bu. No. 03552) airplane in a Sunnyvale , CA prune orchard caused by engine failure. Note the spectator crawling into the rear cockpit to remove the clock .  Note:  Used in publication Flight Research at Ames;  57 Years of Development and Validation of Aeronautical Technology NASA SP-1998-3300 fig.19 ARC-1969-A-9175

Crash of Douglas XSB2D-1 (Bu. No. 03552) airplane in a Sunnyvale , CA...

Crash of Douglas XSB2D-1 (Bu. No. 03552) airplane in a Sunnyvale , CA prune orchard caused by engine failure. Note the spectator crawling into the rear cockpit to remove the clock . Note: Used in publication... more

Ramjet Testing in the NACA's Altitude Wind Tunnel

Ramjet Testing in the NACA's Altitude Wind Tunnel

A 20-inch diameter ramjet installed in the Altitude Wind Tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The Altitude Wind Tunnel was used in the 1940s to st... more

Nacelles and props in 40x80 foot wind tunnel at Ames.

Nacelles and props in 40x80 foot wind tunnel at Ames.

Publicity Shot of close up of Nacell, Drive Nacel and cooling vent in nose for wind tunnel in NACA Ames 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel. Don Richey

German Jumo 004 Engine at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

German Jumo 004 Engine at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

Researcher Robert Miller led an investigation into the combustor performance of a German Jumo 004 engine at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The Jumo 00... more

Supersonic Research Display for Tour

Supersonic Research Display for Tour

On March 22, 1946, 250 members of the Institute of Aeronautical Science toured the NACA’s Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory. NACA Chairman Jerome Hunsaker and Secretary John Victory were on hand to brief the ... more

Aircraft Fleet on the Tarmac at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

Aircraft Fleet on the Tarmac at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

This fleet of military aircraft was used in the 1940s for research at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. The NACA Lewis flight research... more

General Dwight Eisenhower Visits the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

General Dwight Eisenhower Visits the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laborator...

General Dwight Eisenhower addressed the staff of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory during an April 11, 1946 visit to Cleveland. The former supreme command... more

Swept wing with inboard split flaps in Ames 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel.

Swept wing with inboard split flaps in Ames 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel.

Front View of -45 deg. Forward swept wing with inboard split flaps deflected 60 deg. In NACA Ames 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel. Don Richey

Aerial View of NACA's Lewis Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory

Aerial View of NACA's Lewis Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio as seen from the west in May 1946. The Cleveland Municipal Airport is located directly behind. The la... more

ARC-1946-A-9943

ARC-1946-A-9943

NACA photographer Aerial view newly completed NACA Ames Research Center 12ft Pressure Wind Tunnel N-206

ARC-1946-A-10034

ARC-1946-A-10034

Douglas XBT2D-1 (Bu. No. 09086) Skyraider prototype Note: Used in publication Flight Research at Ames; 57 Years of Development and Validation of Aeronautical Technology NASA SP-1998-3300 fig 55

Consolidated B-24M Liberator Equipped for Icing Research

Consolidated B-24M Liberator Equipped for Icing Research

A Consolidated B-25M Liberator modified for icing research by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. NACA Lewis performed a limited amount of icing research d... more

Fabrication Division Staff in the Machine Shop

Fabrication Division Staff in the Machine Shop

Machine Shop technicians in the Technical Service Building at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The 260-person Fabrication Division, led by Dan White and... more

ARC-1946-A-10280

ARC-1946-A-10280

NACA Photographer Electrically heated airfoil - wing glove on C-46 airplane

NACA Photographer Electrically heated airfoil - wing glove on C-46 airplane ARC-1946-A-10279

NACA Photographer Electrically heated airfoil - wing glove on C-46 air...

NACA Photographer Electrically heated airfoil - wing glove on C-46 airplane

General Electric I-40 Engine at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

General Electric I-40 Engine at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

A mechanic works on a General Electric I-40 turbojet at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The military selected General Electric’s West Lynn facility in ... more

Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star at the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio

Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star at the National Air Races in Cleveland, Oh...

A Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star jet aircraft on the tarmac at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) NACA Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. The Air Force aircraft was particip... more

NACA Photographer Films a Ramjet Test

NACA Photographer Films a Ramjet Test

A National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) photographer films the test of a ramjet engine at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The laboratory had an arsenal of facilities to test the engines and... more

General Electric TG-100A Turboprop in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

General Electric TG-100A Turboprop in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

A General Electric TG-100A seen from the rear in the test section of the Altitude Wind Tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. The... more

Dryden and Victory welcomed by Reid

Dryden and Victory welcomed by Reid

(September 8, 1947) Hugh L. Dryden (left), George Lewis's successor as the NACA's director of research, arrives with John F. Victory, the NACA's executive secretary, for a tour of the Langley Memorial Aeronauti... more

P-61 Flight Testing Ramjet Engine

P-61 Flight Testing Ramjet Engine

(January 27, 1947) P-61 airplane in flight test with ramjet burning. The P-61 aircraft was built by Nothrup and used by the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory or AERL of the NACA to test the new jet engine. Th... more

NACA Muroc Contingent with X-1-2 Aircraft

NACA Muroc Contingent with X-1-2 Aircraft

Description (October 1947) The NACA Muroc Contingent in October 1947 in front of the Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 and Boeing B-29 launch aircraft. Standing left to right: Le Roy Proctor, Jr., Don Borchers, H... more

Behold, the World's Largest Wind Tunnel!

Behold, the World's Largest Wind Tunnel!

Description (1947) Looking down the throat of the world's largest tunnel. The scene is NACA's 40 x 80 foot wind tunnel at Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California, which when it was built was the... more

Aerial View of Ames Wind Tunnels

Aerial View of Ames Wind Tunnels

(February 11, 1947) An aerial view of the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California...Image # : A-11166

Human Computers of 1947

Human Computers of 1947

Description (1947) Langley's human computers at work. The female staff at Langley performed mathematical computations for male staff. Photograph published in Winds of Change, 75th Anniversary NASA publication (... more

Ramjet Missile

Ramjet Missile

Description (July 1, 1947) A ram jet missile in 1947...Image # : C1947-19067

X-1-1 In Flight

X-1-1 In Flight

(1947) The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-1 (#46-062) in flight. The shock wave pattern in the exhaust plume is visible. The X-1 series aircraft were air-launched from a modified Boeing B-29 or B-50 Superfortres... more

Early Rockets V2 static test

Early Rockets V2 static test

A V-2 rocket is hoisted into a static test facility at White Sands, New Mexico. The German engineers and scientists who developed the V-2 came to the United States at the end of World War II and continued rocke... more

Northrop P-61 Black Widow Flight Testing a Ramjet

Northrop P-61 Black Widow Flight Testing a Ramjet

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory obtained a Northrop P-61 Black Widow in October 1945 and modified it to serve as a subsonic testbed for ramjet engines a... more

Bell P-59B Airacomet at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

Bell P-59B Airacomet at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

A Bell P-59B Airacomet sits beside the hangar at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. In 1942 the Bell XP-59A Airacomet became the first jet aircraft in the... more

Boeing B-29 Superfortress at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

Boeing B-29 Superfortress at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

The NACA’s Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory used a Boeing B-29 Superfortress as a testbed for ramjet investigations in the late 1940s. NACA Lewis conducted a wide variety of studies on ramjets to determine ba... 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.

Cut away view of YP-80 model as tested in Ames 1x3 1/2ft. Supersonic Wind Tunnel. Artist Harry DeVoto, Ames Graphics. ARC-1947-A-11807

Cut away view of YP-80 model as tested in Ames 1x3 1/2ft. Supersonic W...

Cut away view of YP-80 model as tested in Ames 1x3 1/2ft. Supersonic Wind Tunnel. Artist Harry DeVoto, Ames Graphics.

16-Inch Diameter Ramjet Prepared for Flight Test

16-Inch Diameter Ramjet Prepared for Flight Test

A NACA researcher prepares a 16-inch diameter and 16-foot long ramjet for a launch over Wallops Island in July 1947. The Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory conducted a wide variety of studies on ramjets in the ... more

Specially-Equipped Martin XB-25E Icing Research Aircraft

Specially-Equipped Martin XB-25E Icing Research Aircraft

In 1946 the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory became the NACA’s official icing research center. In addition to the Icing Research Tunnel, the lab possessed several aircraft modified for icing work, including a... more

General Electric TG-180 Turbojet in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

General Electric TG-180 Turbojet in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

A General Electric TG-180 turbojet installed in the Altitude Wind Tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. In 1943 the military asked General Electric... more

Rocket Research Presentation at the NACA's 1947 Inspection

Rocket Research Presentation at the NACA's 1947 Inspection

Researcher John Sloop briefs visitors on his latest rocket engine research during the 1947 Inspection at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The NACA had b... more

Altitude Test Cell in the Four Burner Area

Altitude Test Cell in the Four Burner Area

One of the two altitude simulating-test chambers in Engine Research Building at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The two chambers were collectively refe... more

Lewis Rodert Receiving a Collier Trophy from President Truman

Lewis Rodert Receiving a Collier Trophy from President Truman

Lewis Rodert, then of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory, receives the Collier Trophy from President Harry Truman for his work in the design and developmen... more

NACA Ames 16 foot High Speed Wind Tunnel

NACA Ames 16 foot High Speed Wind Tunnel

(April 1, 1948) View of the 16 Foot High Speed Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California...Image # : A-12679

D-558-1 on ramp with research pilots Eugene May and Howard Lilly

D-558-1 on ramp with research pilots Eugene May and Howard Lilly

Description: In this photograph the Douglas D-558-1 #2 Skystreak is pictured with test pilot Eugene May (Douglas Aircraft Company) on the left and National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) research pil... more

Lawrence Clousing with a Lockheed P-80

Lawrence Clousing with a Lockheed P-80

(1948) Test pilot Lawrence A. Clousing climbs into his Lockheed P-80 aircraft for a test flight at the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California. ..Image # : NACA-CLOUSING

P-80 Model Mounted on Wing of a NACA P-51B

P-80 Model Mounted on Wing of a NACA P-51B

(June 1, 1948) A technician mounts a model of a P-80 aircraft on the wing of a NACA North American P-51B. In high speed dives of the P-51B, the instrumented model returns aerodynamic data on transonic flight...... more

Godfrey, Cooper and DeFrance on the Ramp

Godfrey, Cooper and DeFrance on the Ramp

(1948) Radio and early television personality Arthur Godfrey, (left) has a discussion with NACA civilian pilot George Cooper, (center) and Smith DeFrance, (right) former director of the Ames Aeronautical Labora... more

X-1 On Display

X-1 On Display

Description (1948) A Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1 series aircraft on display at an Open House at NACA Muroc Flight Test Unit or High-Speed Flight Research Station hangar on South Base of Edwards Air Force Base... more

National Full-Scale Tunnel Aerodynamics Complex

National Full-Scale Tunnel Aerodynamics Complex

(A-13516): This aerial view shows the 40 x 80 Full-Scale Tunnel towering over the 6- by 6-Foot Supersonic Tunnel (R) and the 16-Foot High-Speed Tunnel (lower R). The tunnel’s external steel framework and asbe... more

Key members of the XS-1 Research Team

Key members of the XS-1 Research Team

Description: (1948) NACA Muroc Flight Test Unit XS-1 Team members and USAF Pilots. From Left to Right: Joseph Vensel, Head of Operations; Gerald Truszynski, Head of Instrumentation; Captain Charles Chuck Yeager... more

Godfrey, Cooper and DeFrance on the Ramp

Godfrey, Cooper and DeFrance on the Ramp

(1948) Radio and early television personality Arthur Godfrey, (left) has a discussion with NACA civilian pilot George Cooper, (center) and Smith DeFrance, (right) former director of the Ames Aeronautical Labora... more

Icing on J-34 Engine

Icing on J-34 Engine

(November 30, 1948) Icing on J-34 engine at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory, Cleveland Ohio. The J-34 engine was built by the Westinghouse Corporation and was used on such aircraft as the Lockheed C11-12... more

Mechanic watches a General Electric I-40 Engine Fire

Mechanic watches a General Electric I-40 Engine Fire

A mechanic watches the firing of a General Electric I-40 turbojet at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The military selected General Electric’s West Lynn... more

Heat Treat Shop in the Technical Services Building

Heat Treat Shop in the Technical Services Building

A technician prepares a metal component for a high-temperature bake in the Heat Treatment Shop at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. Fabrication Division... more

McDonald XP-85 A-18649
McDonald XP-85 Airplane in 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel.

McDonald XP-85 Airplane in 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel.

Front View of McDonald XP-85 Plan Model. Parasite Airplane designed to be carried in the B-36 bombay (never built) At the time it was the smallest Jet powered airplane. The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin was an Americ... more

NACA Photographer NASA Ames 1X3Ft W.T Blowdown, flexible throat:  A swept wing model readied for a test in June 1948, in the 1 by 3 foot blowdown tunnel with a variable geometry throat mechanism ARC-1948-A-13011

NACA Photographer NASA Ames 1X3Ft W.T Blowdown, flexible throat: A sw...

NACA Photographer NASA Ames 1X3Ft W.T Blowdown, flexible throat: A swept wing model readied for a test in June 1948, in the 1 by 3 foot blowdown tunnel with a variable geometry throat mechanism

Construction of the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Construction of the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

The 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory was the nation’s largest supersonic facility when it began operation in April... more