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The Flight Research Building, also known as the NASA Glenn Hangar, is located at the NASA Glenn Research Center adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.


NASA Glenn Research Center hangar at night C-2007-2656: NASA Glenn's newest aircraft, an S-3B Viking, taxiing to the runway

Built in the 1940's, the Flight Research Building (Hangar) is a 65 X 250 ft. heated facility that is large enough to hold numerous aircraft of various sizes. It has been home to many unique and innovative aircraft over the years.
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Home to many unique and innovative aircraft including the Learjet Model 25 and the Twin Otter Icing Research Aircraft, the Flight Research Building, also known as the NASA Glenn Hangar, is located at the NASA Glenn Research Center adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Built in the 1940's, the Hangar is a 65 X 250 ft. heated facility that is large enough to hold numerous aircraft of various sizes. It has been home to many unique and innovative aircraft including the Learjet Model 25 and the Twin Otter Icing Research Aircraft.

Inside the Hangar, there is a Flight Operations Administrative Office that is responsible for the daily operations, a pilots lounge, and flight-planning areas. There is also a full-scale metal, battery, and avionics shop. Aircraft Operations at the NASA Glenn Research Center flies, maintains, and modifies numerous aircraft for scientific research and aeronautical test purposes.
 
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S-3B Viking S-3B Viking
Added to Glenn's fleet of research aircraft in 2008, engineers from NASA GRC, Boeing and the Navy combined forces to transform the S-3B into a state-of-the-art NASA research aircraft. The S-3B Viking is equipped to conduct science and aeronautics missions, such as environmental monitoring, satellite communications testing and aviation safety research. It can fly up to 40,000 feet high and reach speeds faster than 500 miles per hour.
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Twin Otter in flight Twin Otter
The Twin Otter is ideal for icing research purposes because of its ability to be flown in cold weather conditions, however, the aircraft's configuration can be easily altered to accommodate a vast array of experiments.
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T-34C Mentor in flight T-34C Mentor
The T-34C Mentor is a new arrival to the Glenn Research Center, but the employees here are quite familiar with this aircraft. This is a well-built, agile aircraft that is invaluable to Aircraft Operations here at NASA Glenn due to its economic and easy to maneuver form.
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Learjet aircraft Learjet
The Learjet Model 25 is a modified, high performance small cabin class aircraft capable of flight up to 45,000 ft. It is used for such diverse projects such as satellite calibration, solar cell research, air sampling above and below the tropopause, and far-field acoustic measurements, It is equipped with a large nadir-looking optical glass viewport for remote sensing and ground-observation activities. A research electrical system provides 28 volts dc, as well as 110/60 and 110/400 Hz of power. With a range of 1000 miles at 420 KTAS, it is crewed by two pilots and up to four researchers.
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Further Information
Glenn Aircraft Ops booklet
Aircraft Operations Overview Presentation

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Facility Fact Sheets
9'x15' Low Speed Wind Tunnel (9x15)
Evaluating aerodynamic performance and acoustic
characteristics.
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Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory (AAPL)
Anechoic test facility for aircraft noise reduction.
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Icing Research Tunnel (IRT)
World class test facility for generating a variety of flight related icing conditions.
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Last Updated: April 6, 2012