Harnessing the Wind at MIT: Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is home to the only privately owned and operated wind tunnel in the United States. Hidden in plain sight on MIT's campus, the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel has proven instrumental in the examination of aerospace, architectural, vehicular, sports and other engineering systems.

Approaching its 75th year in use, we take a look back at how the tunnel and the research done within have evolved over the years and how it has become such an iconic part of the Institute. Described by the people who know it best, the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel is a vital part of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and according to most students, the heart of MIT.

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Video: Melanie Gonick; still images courtesy of the MIT Museum