NASA Langley Research Center, Seaplane Towing Channel, 108 Andrews Street, Hampton, Hampton, VA
Significance: This facility performed an essential function in solving design problems that are unique to seaplanes. Several major principles of seaplane hull configuration were developed at this facility. The tow tank's staff was instrumental in developing the design principles that were essential to successful seaplane performance. Models of most American seaplanes used in early development of commercial aviation were tested and refined at this facility. The facility performed a vital function in the testing of World War II military flying boats. It continues in use as a test facility for underwater weaponry.
Survey number: HAER VA-118-C
Building/structure dates: 2011 Demolished
Building/structure dates: 1931 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1937 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1983 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1976 Subsequent Work