Skip to main content

Space History Photo: 1944 Icing Research Tunnel

wind tunnel, research
NACA's Icing Research Tunnel (Image credit: NACA)

 

Before Check Yeager could make his historic first supersonic flight in 1947 in the rocket-powered X-1, a lot of testing was done to understand how jet engines would perform at extreme speeds and high altitudes. Some of that testing was done at the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) Airplane Engine Research Laboratory (AERL) Icing Research Tunnel. (NACA was a precursor to NASA.)

In this 1944 photo from the U.S. space agency, the Altitude Tunnel is in the center background, the propeller motor drive housing in the right background, and the Air Dryer and Cooling Tower in the left background.

 

Each weekday, SPACE.com looks back at the history of spaceflight through photos (archive).

Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1. (Image credit: USAF)

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: community@space.com.

NASA Archives
NASA Archives

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the U.S. government agency in charge of the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. Founded in 1958, NASA is a civilian space agency aimed at exploring the universe with space telescopes,  satellites, robotic spacecraft, astronauts and more. The space agency has 10 major centers based across the U.S. and launches robotic and crewed missions from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida. It's astronaut corps is based at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. To follow NASA's latest mission, follow the space agency on Twitter or any other social channel, of visit: nasa.gov