For over a century, NASA Langley Research Center has been home to groundbreaking facilities where history was made. As new facilities are built on center to help usher in the next century of innovation, over the years, these historic facilities have been demolished. Learn about some of these past Langley facilities and the scientific achievements they lead to.
A NASA Langley employee stands in front of the 16 Foot Transonic Tunnel. The guide vanes of the tunnel, which form an ellipse 58-feet high and 82-feet wide, cut across each cylindrical tube at a 45-degree angle.
The Hall of Honor
Celebrating the Achievements of NASA Personnel
The Hall of Honor was established by members of the Langley Alumni Association and NASA Langley as a way to pay tribute to individuals who built exemplary careers at Langley, persevered against the status quo when required, and achieved revolutionary scientific understanding and technological progress on the frontiers of the aerospace sciences.
NASA Langley Research Center inducts 17 deserving members of the NASA family into the Hall of Honor for 2022.
Celebrating Our Centennial
A Storied Legacy, A Soaring Future
The NASA you know today was established in 1958. But its historical roots reach back to 1915–just 12 years after the Wright Brothers’ flight and two years before America’s entry into World War I–when the U.S. Congress created the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA.
In 2017, NASA Langley Research Center celebrated 100 years of excellence in aerospace achievements, scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs. Learn more about our rich history and what to look forward to in our second century.
NACA to NASA to Now: The Frontiers of Air and Space in the American Century by Roger D. Launius tells the story of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and its successor, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). (SP-4419, 2022)
Crafting Flight: Aircraft Pioneers and the Contributions of the Men and Women of NASA Langley Research Center by James Schultz (SP-4316, 2003) (PDF)
Engineer in Charge
Engineer in Charge: A History of the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, 1917–1958 by Elizabeth A. Muenger (SP-4305, 1987) (PDF)