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One hundred years ago today, on July 17, at the dawn of humanity’s foray into to powered flight, something happened that changed forever the way humans would take to the skies.

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And, then the way we explore space. And, then how we study our home planet. That something was the establishment of what is now our Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Air travel, spaceflight, robotic solar-system missions: science fiction to those alive at the turn of the 20th century became science fact to those living in the 21st. America’s aerospace future has been literally made at the Langley Research Center by the best and brightest the country has to offer. Langley broke new ground in aeronautical research with a suite of first-of-their-kind wind tunnels that led to numerous advances in commercial, military and vertical flight, such as helicopters and other rotorcraft. Airflow turning vanes are shown here in Langley’s 16-Foot Transonic Tunnel. Image Credit: NASA
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