Boeing President, William M. Allen Announces Wind Tunnel Construction at Vertol Division
William M. Allen, president of The Boeing Company announced today plans for the construction of the world’s most advanced wind tunnel for helicopter and V/STOL research at the company's Vertol Division, located near Philadelphia.
The wind tunnel, which will be located at the division's Engineering and Dynamic center, will provide the flexible test capabilities required to obtain performance, stability and control, structural dynamics and vibration data in support of all types of V/STOL aircraft.
An artist's conception of the wind tunnel is shown above.
Tests will be conducted in a 400 square foot test section at speeds from zero to over 250 knots. Support facilities will provide capabilities to design, manufacture, instrument and test models of all types of vertical lift aircraft.
Boeing photo. From Vertiflite (Verti-Flite) November 1965.