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

Test section of a wind tunnel at Langley as seen through a window from outside, 22 January public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Hyper X mounted on Pegasus booster rocket in 20 Inch Mach 6 Wind Tunnel. The Hyper X is an unmanned hypersonic research aircraft launched atop an air launched Pegasus rocket and capable of reaching speeds of Mach 10.

Hyper X mounted on Pegasus booster rocket in 20 Inch Mach 6 Wind Tunnel. The Hyper X is an unmanned hypersonic research aircraft launched atop an air launched Pegasus rocket and capable of reaching speeds of Mach

Gemini capsule being tested in Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel.

Remembering Project Gemini - The Atlantic A Gemini capsule being tested in Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel at NASA's Langley Research Center, on November

24 foot diameter swinging valve at various stages of opening and closing in the 10ft x 10ft Supersonic Wind Tunnel.

Description 24 foot diameter swinging valve at various stages of opening and closing in the x Supersonic Wind Tunnel at what is now the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. Image Date: May 1956

This F-86 aircraft is mounted in the 40 x 80 Foot Full Scale Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field California.

This aircraft is mounted in the 40 x 80 Foot Full Scale Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field California.

W. C. Sleeman, Jr. inspecting a model of the paraglider in 300 mph 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel. The paraglider, or "Rogallo Wing," was proposed for use in the Gemini Program. It would have allowed Gemini to make precision landings on land, rather than in the water. But the wing suffered a number of problems. The biggest problem was getting it to deploy properly and reliably. The plan was canceled.

W. C. Sleeman, Jr. inspecting a model of the paraglider in 300 mph 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel. The paraglider, or "Rogallo Wing," was proposed for use in the Gemini Program. It would have allowed Gemini to make precision landings on land, rather than in the water. But the wing suffered a number of problems. The biggest problem was getting it to deploy properly and reliably. The plan was canceled.

Ames Research Center Wind Tunnel

View of the 16 Foot High Speed Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California.

Looking down the throat of the world's larget tunnel. The scene is NACA's 40 x 80 foot wind tunnel at Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California. The camera is stationed in the tunnel's largest section, 173 feet wide by 132 feet high.

A 1947 insider view of NACA's wind tunnel where winds can get to upwards of 250 miles per hour.

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