Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel

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The Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel

For more than a century, Massachusetts Institute of Technology wind tunnels have proven instrumental tools in the examination of aerospace, architectural, vehicular, sports and other engineering systems.

MIT's Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel's primary use is for student projects, research and instruction, however it is also available for commercial research and development.

In addition to the usual force and moment balance system, this 7 X 10-foot elliptical cross-section wind tunnel has the necessary auxiliary equipment for inlet and diffuser testing, gust generation, and production of thick boundary layers to model the earth's boundary layer.


  • WBWT Information for Industry: This booklet provides information and answers questions concerning testing by industry in the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel. Several new procedures and methods of conducting tests have been developed since earlier editions of this booklet, and are included in this edition. Diagrams of use to those contemplating a test program are included. Download (.pdf)
  • A Student's Introduction to the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel Download (.pdf)
  • "The timeless tunnel" Article appearing in the 2011-2012 issue of AeroAstro, the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department's annual magazine.


Visits to the Wright Brother Wind Tunnel are included with AeroAstro tours. Visits at other times may be arranged, depending on the tunnel schedule and staff availability. Tours/visits are generally not available on weekends. It should be noted that a visit to the tunnel takes only about 15 minutes, so visitors may want to schedule additional activities at MIT.