Wind Tunnel

After Monday’s post, I’m returning to my current theme of Things My Mother Might Find Interesting, When She’s Well Enough. But as a quick aside, in reading about the medication she started yesterday, I learned that it is derived from Mayapples!

Recently, finally, we attended the National Weather Service Open House. Being a family fascinated with all things science and nature, and being daily visitors to the NWS site, we’ve been wanting to go to this event for years.

This is the intake from the wind tunnel where they test equipment under wind conditions of up to 150 mph.


The whole thing is powered by this airplane propeller from a plane that was decommissioned in the 1950s. It may have been in WWII, but nobody is sure exactly what plane it was.


According to our tour guide, it’s one of the two fastest wind tunnels in the country, consistently reaching speeds over 150 mph. When they ran it for us it got up to 149.

Not bad for an old propeller!


About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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