NASA NFAC Transferred to US Air Force
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
In 2001, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that it was canceling its longtime funding of rotorcraft research. Through significant lobbying efforts by the rotorcraft community, led by then-American Helicopter Society (AHS) Executive Director Rhett Flater, the US Congress restored the funding. In October 2003, however, NASA mothballed the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) — with its 40- by 80-foot and 80- by 120-foot cross-section wind tunnels — at its Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
"National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex set to reopen," US Air Force press release, March 6, 2006.
"NFAC Is Back," Frank Colucci, Vertiflite, Fall 2007.