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Breeze by a Wind Tunnel
May 3, 2014

For over 50 years the Abe Silverstein Supersonic Wind Tunnel (10x10) has conducted supersonic propulsion testing on components such as inlets, nozzles and engines. The facility is also ideally suited for launch vehicle tests and other fuel burning applications. It can operate as either a closed loop system (aerodynamic cycle) or open-loop system (propulsion cycle) and can reach test section speeds ranging from Mach 2.0 to 3.5.  The tunnel came on line in 1956 and continues to be a key facility for supersonic testing.  The 10- by 10-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel is one of five wind tunnels at NASA Glenn.


Tour buses depart from the Main Gate of NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at the following times:


  • 10:00 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.

Please note the following important guidelines:


  • Advanced registration guarantees admission to the tour that begins at the Briefing Center.
  • Access to the Saturday tour program is limited to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).
  • All adult visitors are required to present government-issued photo identification, and LPRs are required to present their Permanent Resident Card. This includes bus drivers for scheduled groups.
  • NASA reserves the right to limit the use of cameras and cell phones during the tour.

More Information:

>  Facility Tour Schedule
>  Glenn Research Center Events

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Testing in the 10x10 Wind Tunnel
Testing in the 10x10 Wind Tunnel
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Page Last Updated: February 21st, 2014
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