For almost 60 years the Abe Silverstein Supersonic Wind Tunnel has conducted supersonic propulsion testing on aircraft 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 as a part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and began the scientific study of the problems of flight. Today it’s a key facility for supersonic testing. Known as the 10- by 10-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, it is one of five wind tunnels at NASA Glenn providing technologies that are with you when you fly.
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.