Grooved Pavement, Runway

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

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