Model, Wind Tunnel, Convair Space Shuttle, 0.006 scale

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    Model, Wind Tunnel, Convair Space Shuttle, 0.006 scale

    Convair Space Shuttle concept hypersonic pressure wind tunnel model, 0.006 scale. Stainless steel model with pressure tap locations and round fasteners to allow for data measurements. Model and six-piece set of interchangeable wings, rudder/tail, and fuselage sections are stored in the accompanying wooden tray. The interchangeable set includes straight and delta wings, vertical and horizontal tails, and different sized fuselage sections.

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    Model, Wind Tunnel, Convair Space Shuttle, 0.006 scale

    Convair Space Shuttle concept hypersonic pressure wind tunnel model, 0.006 scale. Stainless steel model with pressure tap locations and round fasteners to allow for data measurements. Model and six-piece set of interchangeable wings, rudder/tail, and fuselage sections are stored in the accompanying wooden tray. The interchangeable set includes straight and delta wings, vertical and horizontal tails, and different sized fuselage sections.

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    Model, Wind Tunnel, Convair Space Shuttle, 0.006 scale

    Convair Space Shuttle concept hypersonic pressure wind tunnel model, 0.006 scale. Stainless steel model with pressure tap locations and round fasteners to allow for data measurements. Model and six-piece set of interchangeable wings, rudder/tail, and fuselage sections are stored in the accompanying wooden tray. The interchangeable set includes straight and delta wings, vertical and horizontal tails, and different sized fuselage sections.

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This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

This wind tunnel model set dates from the early Space Shuttle design effort. In 1968-1970 the Convair Division of General Dynamics evaluated the aerodynamics of both a delta wing and a straight wing spacecraft design with either a vertical or a horizontal tail. This model, which can be reconfigured with different wings, tails, and fuselage sections, is a versatile device for testing design concepts. It suggests the experimentation and craft of aeronautical engineering. The model set passed from General Dynamics to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and then to a private collector who donated it to the Museum in 2007.