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Ramjet Missile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Wind Tunnel. Artist Harry DeVoto, Ames Graphics.

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

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

(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

(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

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

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

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

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

(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

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

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 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 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

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

Investigation of Flying Qualities on the Lockheed P-80A airplane plan view Note: Used in publication in Flight Research at Ames; 57 Years of Development and Validation of Aeronautical Technology ARC-1948-A-13091

Investigation of Flying Qualities on the Lockheed P-80A airplane plan view Note: Used in publication in Flight Research at Ames; 57 Years of Development and Validation of Aeronautical Technology

Engine Research Building’s Central Control Room

Operators in the Engine Research Building’s Central Control Room at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The massive 4.25-acre Engine Research Building cont... more

NACA Photographer/Graphic Supersonic Research: Schlieren photograph of the flow around airplane models showing effect of Sweptback on Shock Waves - M =1.2 (composite of shadowgraph samples on sweptback and straight wings ARC-1948-A-13146-8

NACA Photographer/Graphic Supersonic Research: Schlieren photograph of the flow around airplane models showing effect of Sweptback on Shock Waves - M =1.2 (composite of shadowgraph samples on sweptback and str... more

Entrance to the NACA's Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory

The sign near the entrance of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory. The name was changed several weeks later to the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in ... more

B-29 Superfortress with Ramjet Missile

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

NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) sign at entrance to Ames Laboratory ARC-1948-A-13425

NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) sign at entrance to Ames Laboratory

F-84F jet airplane in the Ames 40X80 foot wind tunnel.

3/4 front view from below. Don Richey

NACA Ames Laboratory Building, South West.

NACA Ames 40x80 foot wind tunnel (South West). Don Richey

NACA Researcher Measures Ice on a Turbojet Engine Inlet

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory conducted an extensive icing research program in the late 1940s that included studies in the Icing Research Tunnel and u... more

First NACA test pilot: Howard Clifton Lilly

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

NACA Muroc Employees With a Snowman

Description (November 15, 1949) The late 1940s saw increased flight activity, and more women computers were needed at the NACA Muroc Flight Test Unit than the ones who had originally arrived in 1946. A call wen... more

NACA High Speed Flight Station "Computer" Room

Description (1949) Early "computers" at work, summer 1949. In the terminology of that period, computers were employees--typically female--who performed the arduous task of transcribing raw data from r... more

X-1-2 on Ramp with Boeing B-29

(1949) The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 sitting on the ramp at NACA High- Speed Flight Research Station with the Boeing B-29 launch ship behind. The B-29 was fondly referred to as "Fertile Myrtle."... more

D-558-1 on ramp with ground crew

Description (1949) In this NACA Muroc Flight Test Unit photograph taken in 1949, the Douglas D-558-1 is on the ramp at South Base, Edwards Air Force Base. Three members of the ground crew are seen poising again... more

X-1-2 with Pilots Robert Champine Herb Hoover

(September 1, 1949) The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 and two of the NACA pilots that flew the aircraft. The one on the left is Robert Champine with the other being Herbert Hoover. The X-1-2 was also equipped... more

Python Engine Installed in Altitude Wind Tunnel

Description (August 25, 1949) An engine mechanic checks instrumentation prior to an investigation of engine operating characteristics and thrust control of a large turboprop engine with counter-rotating propell... more

Effect of TwinJet Exhausts in Simulation Take Off

Description (July 7, 1949) Study of effect of twin-jet exhausts inclined toward the ground in simulation of take-off conditions for certain engine installations. Such an engine installation is useful for decrea... more

Hugh L. Dryden

Description: Dr. Hugh Latimer Dryden, had many titles after his name in his lifetime. In 1949 he became the director of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). Dr. Dryden received many accolades... more

D-558-2 being towed on lakebed

Description (1949) In this 1949 photograph a D-558-2 is being towed across Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. The aircraft is still equipped with a jet engine, used for ground takeoffs. On the tail o... more

Early NACA Human Computers at Work

Description (November 1949) The women of the Computer Department at NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station are shown busy with test flight calculations. The "computers" under the direction of Roxanah... more

NACA Basketball Team

Description: (April 19, 1949) Members of NACA Glenn's recreational basketball team pose on the court. ..Identifier: C-2006-1794

X-1-2 on ramp with pilots Robert Champine and Herb Hoover

Description: (September 1949) The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 and two of the NACA pilots that flew the aircraft. The one on the viewer's left is Robert Champine with the other being Herbert Hoover. Champine... more

Analog Computing Machine in Fuel Systems Building

(September 28, 1949) Analog Computing Machine in the Fuel Systems Building. This is an early version of the modern computer. The device is located in the Engine Research Building at the Lewis Flight Propulsion ... more

16 Foot High Speed Tunnel

Description (March 15, 1949) Photograph of the 16 Foot High Speed Tunnel at Langley with Building 1146 in foreground...Image # : L-64729

Manometer Board Setup in Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Description (February 24, 1949) Manometer Board Setup in the 18 x 18 inch Supersonic Wind Tunnel at Lewis...Image # : C-1949-23011

SWEPT-BACK WING. MODEL IN 6X6' W.T.

6x6 wind tunnel test on the effects of wing sweep. NASA

NACA Computers Take Readings From Manometer Boards

Female computers at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory copy pressure readings from rows of manometers below the 18- by 18-inch Supersonic Wind Tunnel. The ... more

Compressor Stage in the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

A technician at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory examines one of the massive axial-flow compressor stages that created the high-speed air flow through th... more

North American XF-82 Twin Mustang Prepares for Ramjet Test Flight

Pilot William Swann, right cockpit, prepares the North American XF-82 Twin Mustang for flight at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The aircraft was one o... more

NACA PHOTOGRAPHER George Cooper, Ames Test Pilot ARC-1949-A-14136B

NACA PHOTOGRAPHER George Cooper, Ames Test Pilot

NACA PHOTOGRAPHER George Cooper, Ames Test Pilot ARC-1949-A-14136A

NACA PHOTOGRAPHER George Cooper, Ames Test Pilot

Body Mounted on RF-61-C Airplane in flight Note: publiched in NASA SP Flight research at Ames; 57 Years of Development & Validation of Aeronautical Technology ' Transonic Model Testing' - fig. 12 ARC-1949-A-14294

Body Mounted on RF-61-C Airplane in flight Note: publiched in NASA SP Flight research at Ames; 57 Years of Development & Validation of Aeronautical Technology ' Transonic Model Testing' - fig. 12

8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel's Original Design

Aerial view of the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel in its original configuration at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The 8- by 6 was the laboratory’... more

NACA Ames Research Center's 6x6ft Supersonic Wind Tunnel compressor, showing rotor blades ARC-1949-A-14376

NACA Ames Research Center's 6x6ft Supersonic Wind Tunnel compressor, showing rotor blades

Python Turboprop Prepared for a Test in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

A 3670-horsepower Armstrong-Siddeley Python turboprop being prepared for tests in the Altitude Wind Tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. In 1947 L... more

Spray System Trials in the Icing Research Tunnel

The spray bar system introduces water droplets into the Icing Research Tunnel’s air stream at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The icing tunnel was desi... more

Reeves Electronic analog computer (REAC), Ames' first electronic computing machine, was acquired in 1949 to perform control simulation analysis. ARC-1949-A-14505

Reeves Electronic analog computer (REAC), Ames' first electronic computing machine, was acquired in 1949 to perform control simulation analysis.

Computer Machine at the Instrument Shop

Technician at work adjusting an unidentified mechanical computing device.

NACA Engineers Calibrate the 2- by 2-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Engineers calibrate one of three small supersonic wind tunnels that were collectively referred to as the “Stack Tunnels” at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laborat... more

National Transonic Facility

(1986-L-09574): Like the Full-Scale Tunnel in 1950, the NTF has been used to evaluate submarine hull designs for the Navy. The inverted position minimized adverse effects from the support stand.

Mercury capsule and escape system on top of a booster

This photograph shows the installation of a Mercury capsule and escape system on top of a booster prior to test firing of the Mercury-Redstone at Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC's) Redstone Test Stand. Ass... more

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

General Medaris, (left) who was a Commander of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, during 1955 to 1958, shakes hands with Major General Holger Toftoy (right), who consolidated... more

Wernher von Braun

Dr. von Braun stands beside a model of the upper stage (Earth-returnable stage) of the three-stage launch vehicle built for the series of the motion picture productions of space flight produced by Walt Disney i... more

8 Foot High Speed Wind Tunnel

Description: (June 13, 1950) Because the slots he was designing opened directly into the 8 foot High Speed Tunnel's hazardous igloo-shaped test chamber, where high levels of pressure, temperature, and noise wou... more

KOREA: NASA PAGTANKILIK NG NAGKAKAISANG BANSA!

Propaganda Posters Distributed in Asia

Bumper V-2 Launch

(July 24, 1950) A new chapter in space flight began in July 1950 with the launch of the first rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida: the Bumper 8. Shown above, Bumper 8 was an ambitious two-stage rocket program t... more

E17 Drag Research Model

Description: (September 8, 1950) Technician Durwood Dereng prepares to pull the external-power plug from an E17 drag-research model at Wallops, September 8, 1950...Center: GSFC WF .Image # : L-67386

Walter C. Williams with Brigadier General Albert Boyd

Description: (1950) Walter C. Williams, (behind airplane model) Head of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Research Station at Edwards Air Force Base in California is examining a ... more

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

As the nations missile and rocket program began to expand in the 50's, Huntsville, Alabama was the home to Redstone Arsenal and the famous team of rocket experts led by Dr. Wernher Von Braun. Soon Huntsville wa... more

Submarine in Full Scale Tunnel at NACA Langley

In 1950 Langley tested the drag characteristics of what was then the world's fastest submarine, the Albacore, in the 30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel. Water and air are both essentially fluids of different densities. ... more

John Griffith casually leaning out the hatch of X-1 #2

Description: (November 8, 1950) In this photo, NACA research pilot John Griffith is leaning out the hatch of the X-1 #2. Surrounding him (left to right) are Dick Payne, Eddie Edwards, and maintenance chief Clyd... more

Mercury Project

A Mercury-Redstone launch vehicle awaits test-firing in the Redstone Test Stand during the late 1950s. Between 1953 and 1960, the rocket team at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama performed hundreds of tes... more

Theodore von Karman

Full Description: (c. 1950)Dr. Theodore von Karman, co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Pasadena, California was an aeronautical theoretician. He was the first winner of the prestigious U.S. Medal... more

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Five pioneers pose with scale models of their missiles they created in the 1950s. From left to right: Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, a member of the original German rocket team who directed the Research Projects Office,... more

Hermes A-1 Test Rockets

Full Description: The first Hermes A-1 test rocket was fired at White Sand Proving Ground (WSPG). Hermes was a modified V-2 German rocket, utilizing the German aerodynamic configuration; however, internally it ... more

19 foot Pressure Wind Tunnel

Description (March 15, 1950) Guide vanes in the 19 foot Pressure Wind Tunnel at Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, form an ellipse 33 feet high and 47 feet wide. The 2... more

J-47 Engine

Description A technician works on a J-47 engine with NACA plug nozzle in tank. Date unknown.