Digitized materials in this online collection form part of the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel papers (AC-0144) in the MIT Libraries Department of Distinctive Collections. For more information about the materials, please consult the collection finding aid.

Collection scope and contents:
The records of MIT's Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel document the construction and use of MIT wind tunnel facilities, 1914-1963. The collection consists primarily of aerodynamic research reports of wind tunnel tests performed for commercial aircraft manufacturers, the U.S. War Department, and private firms. The reports document wind tunnel tests conducted at MIT on scale models and parts for commercial aircraft manufacturers, 1916-1937, for the United States War Department Air Service, Engineering Division, McCook Field, Dayton Ohio, 1916-1927; and reports that document wind tunnels tests conducted at MIT on scale models and parts for aircraft manufacturers and research and development firms, 1937-1963. In addition there are numerous blueprints and logbooks pertaining to the individual wind tunnels. The collection came to the Institute Archives in one accession totaling 48 cubic feet. Removal of unrelated Air Transport Command reports and duplicate material reduced the collection to 29.7 cubic feet. Information obtained from a consultation with Frank Durgin, Associate Director of the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, assisted the Archives staff in making further appraisal decisions. As the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel is still in use, it is expected that there will be future accessions.

1914 - 1963

Please note:
Materials in this collection may be under copyright. Please consult the collection finding aid or catalog record and the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for more information.

Please cite the source item title (dc.title), collection title and identifier, and repository.

Example: Commercial contractors - Complete Models - Budd Manufacturing Company - Rail Train Model and Burlington Zephyr, tested by Shatswell Ober, Report #355, 1933 – 1934. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel records (AC-0144). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections.

Repository details:
Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository https://libraries.mit.edu/distinctive-collections

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