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Space History Photo: Sikorsky HNS-1 (YR-4B)

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One of Langley's Sikorsky YR-4B/HNS-1 helicopters is seen in a wind tunnel being prepped for photos. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, one of Langley's Sikorsky YR-4B/HNS-1 helicopters is seen in the 30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel on Oct. 14, 1944. The technician is setting up camera equipment for stopped-action rotor-blade photos. Sikorsky built hundreds of R-4 helicopters during World War II. It was the first mass-produced helicopter.

The National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) was a precursor to NASA. NACA was created by Congress in 1915.

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