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Aerodynamics Collection

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Langley Medal presented to aviator Glenn Hammond Curtiss, 1913. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Langley Medal presented to aviator Glenn Hammond Curtiss, 1913. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Langley Medal presented to aviator Glenn Hammond Curtiss, 1913. Glenn Hammond Curtiss was the manufacturer of the Curtiss Airplane

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Model airplane, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Model airplane, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Model airplane, between 1910 and 1920
Model airplane, between 1910 and 1920. USA. Scientific apparatus with propellers

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: NASA F-8A Crusader Supercritical Wing Aircraft, 1973. Creator: NASA

NASA F-8A Crusader Supercritical Wing Aircraft, 1973. Creator: NASA
NASA F-8A Crusader Supercritical Wing Aircraft, 1973. A Vought F-8A Crusader was selected by NASA as the testbed aircraft (designated TF-8A)

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE), USA, 1997. Creator: NASA

Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE), USA, 1997. Creator: NASA
Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE), USA, 1997. A NASA SR-71 successfully completed its first flight October 31, 1997 as part of the NASA/Rocketdyne/Lockheed Martin Linear Aerospike SR-71

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: X-36 on ramp, USA, 1997. Creator: NASA

X-36 on ramp, USA, 1997. Creator: NASA
X-36 on ramp, USA, 1997. NASA Dryden Flight Fesearch Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California hosted the X-36 program, as well as providing range support for the flight tests

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: F-16XL with custom paint, USA, 1993. Creator: NASA

F-16XL with custom paint, USA, 1993. Creator: NASA
F-16XL with custom paint, USA, 1993. On October 5, 1993, Langley Research Centers F-16XL High Lift jet was rolled out with a dynamic yellow

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: SR-71 over snow-capped mountains, USA, 1995. Creator: NASA

SR-71 over snow-capped mountains, USA, 1995. Creator: NASA
SR-71 over snow-capped mountains, USA, 1995. Drydens SR-71B, NASA 831, slices across the snowy southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California after being refueled by an Air Force Flight Test Center

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Dryden research aircraft fleet on ramp, USA, 1997. Creator: NASA

Dryden research aircraft fleet on ramp, USA, 1997. Creator: NASA
Dryden research aircraft fleet on ramp, USA, 1997. A collection of NASAs research aircraft at the Dryden Flight Research Center in California: X-31, F-15 ACTIVE, SR-71, F-106, F-16XL Ship #2, X-38

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: LASRE Pod Matting to SR-71, USA, 1996. Creator: NASA

LASRE Pod Matting to SR-71, USA, 1996. Creator: NASA
LASRE Pod Matting to SR-71, USA, 1996. View of the Linear Aerospike SR Experiment (LASRE) pod on NASA SR-71, tail number 844. This photo was taken during the fit-check of the pod on Feb

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Model, Space Shuttle, Delta-Wing High Cross-Range Orbiter Concept, 1970s-2000s

Model, Space Shuttle, Delta-Wing High Cross-Range Orbiter Concept, 1970s-2000s. NASA used this Space Shuttle orbiter concept model in wind tunnel tests to learn about the flight characteristics of

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Model, Space Shuttle, Straight-Wing Low Cross-Range Orbiter Concept, 1970s-2000s

Model, Space Shuttle, Straight-Wing Low Cross-Range Orbiter Concept, 1970s-2000s. NASA used this Space Shuttle orbiter concept model in wind tunnel tests to learn about the flight characteristics of

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Model, Space Shuttle, Final Orbiter Concept, 1970s-2000s. Creator: Unknown

Model, Space Shuttle, Final Orbiter Concept, 1970s-2000s. Creator: Unknown
Model, Space Shuttle, Final Orbiter Concept, 1970s-2000s. NASA used this Space Shuttle orbiter concept model in wind tunnel tests to learn about the flight characteristics of the vehicles shape

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Boomerang, ca. 1969. Creator: Unknown

Boomerang, ca. 1969. Creator: Unknown
Boomerang, ca. 1969. This boomerang, an example of the " first aerodynamic shape conceived by man, " was presented in 1969 to NASA astronaut Michael Collins by the Australian Television

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Model, Wind Tunnel, Convair Space Shuttle, 2007. Creator: General Dynamics Corporation

Model, Wind Tunnel, Convair Space Shuttle, 2007. Creator: General Dynamics Corporation
Model, Wind Tunnel, Convair Space Shuttle, 2007. This wind tunnel 0.006 scale model set dates from the early Space Shuttle design effort

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Updated Supersonic, USA, 2007. Creator: NASA

Updated Supersonic, USA, 2007. Creator: NASA
Updated Supersonic, USA, 2007. Aircraft design concept from NASA research partner Lockheed Martin, a good example of how simulations and wind tunnel tests, conducted over time

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Evolution of the airfoil, 1908-1944. Creator: Unknown

Evolution of the airfoil, 1908-1944. Creator: Unknown
Evolution of the airfoil, 1908-1944. Diagrams showing the historical evolution of airfoil sections. The last two shapes are low-drag sections designed to have laminar flow over 60 to 70 percent of

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Richard Whitcomb with Area Rule Wind Tunnel Model, USA, April 20, 1955. Creator: Unknown

Richard Whitcomb with Area Rule Wind Tunnel Model, USA, April 20, 1955. Creator: Unknown
Richard Whitcomb with Area Rule Wind Tunnel Model, USA, April 20, 1955. Aviation pioneer Richard Whitcomb worked at the Langley Research Center in Virginia throughout his exceptionally prolific life

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Engineers check body revolution model, Ohio, USA, July 31, 1957. Creator: Unknown

Engineers check body revolution model, Ohio, USA, July 31, 1957. Creator: Unknown
Engineers check body revolution model, Ohio, USA, July 31, 1957. Engineers at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory making a check on the body of a model of a supersonic aircraft before a test run

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: French Grand Prix, 1936: A new streamlined Bugatti, followed by a Riley, 1936, (1937)

French Grand Prix, 1936: A new streamlined Bugatti, followed by a Riley, 1936, (1937). From Sir Malcolm Campbells Book of Famous Motorists, edited by Sir Malcolm Campbell

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: Over 300 miles an hour on the Salt Flats, Bonneville, Utah, 1937

Over 300 miles an hour on the Salt Flats, Bonneville, Utah, 1937. From Sir Malcolm Campbells Book of Famous Motorists, edited by Sir Malcolm Campbell. [Blackie & Son Limited, London and Glasgow, 1937]

Background imageAerodynamics Collection: 276 miles an hour on the sands at Daytona, 1937

276 miles an hour on the sands at Daytona, 1937. From Sir Malcolm Campbells Book of Famous Motorists, edited by Sir Malcolm Campbell. [Blackie & Son Limited, London and Glasgow, 1937]


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