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Grooved Concrete Runway Section

During the 1960s, NASA developed grooved runways to channel away water and improve traction for aircraft. By reducing the effects of hydroplaning, grooved runways minimize the chance of aircraft sliding off a wet runway during landing. The technology has since been applied to highway design. This section of concrete runway was used for testing by NASA’s Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Transferred from NASA

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This object is on display in America by Air at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

America by Air
Object Details
Type MEMORABILIA-Miscellaneous Owner NASA - Headquarters, Research Program Management
Dimensions 3-D: 61 × 39.4 × 12.1cm, 59kg (24 × 15 1/2 × 4 3/4 in., 130lb.)
Materials concrete
Inventory Number A20170090000 Credit Line Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Langley Research Center Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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