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Eight-Foot High Speed Tunnel

Hampton (Independent City), Virginia
County of Hampton (City).
National Register Number: 85002798
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Defense - air facility. The threat level was Threatened in
2008.
Congressional District: VA-3 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 3, 1985):
Completed in 1936, this is a significant example of the research facilities created by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the parent agency of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It was the first continuous-flow high-speed wind tunnel able to test large models and actual working parts of airplanes. It is also a landmark in wind-tunnel design for the "slotted throat" design added in 1950 that made it possible to obtain meaningful test results in the transonic range.

Condition:
The tunnel was deactivated in 1956 and is now abandoned in place and is scheduled to be demolished.

The landmark is slated for demolition in July 2009.


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