Replica of the Wright Brothers 1901 Wind Tunnel, Constructed in 1938

Summary

When their glider did not perform as expected in 1901, Wilbur and Orville Wright determined that the standard lift tables -- used to predict the lift generated by aircraft wings -- were incorrect. The Wrights built a wind tunnel in their Dayton bicycle shop and calculated their own tables. This new data led directly to their success with the 1903 Wright Flyer.

When their glider did not perform as expected in 1901, Wilbur and Orville Wright determined that the standard lift tables -- used to predict the lift generated by aircraft wings -- were incorrect. The Wrights built a wind tunnel in their Dayton bicycle shop and calculated their own tables. This new data led directly to their success with the 1903 Wright Flyer.

Artifact

Wind tunnel

Date Made

1938

Subject Date

1901

Creators

Ford Motor Company 

Wright, Orville, 1871-1948 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

Creator Notes

A replica of the wind tunnel built in 1901 by Wilbur and Orville Wright. Created in 1938 by Ford Motor Company staff from notes supplied by Orville Wright.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

38.833.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Glass (Material)
Metal

Dimensions

Height: 46.25 in

Width: 21.5 in

Length: 74.5 in

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