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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
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.

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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