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7-by10-foot High Speed Wind Tunnel Teardown
7-by10-foot High Speed Wind Tunnel Teardown

Like a hungry t-rex, the jaws of an excavator rip into the walls of the 7-by-10-foot high speed wind tunnel. The noise can be heard throughout the center.

Small groups are gathering to pay their last respects to this NASA Langley Research Center landmark.

The tunnel, built in 1945, was used in the development of many of NASA's most famous projects, including the X-15 and Mercury programs.

Deconstruction of the tunnel should be completed by mid-July.

Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

Page Last Updated: August 21st, 2013
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