A Trip Inside a 70-Year-Old Wind Tunnel

Wind tunnels are amazing. These massive structures made remarkable contributions to science and engineering, and from a photographer's perspective they are simply gorgeous, dramatic spaces. A few days ago, I was lucky to explore this vintage Hungarian wind tunnel—an outstanding example of an early aerodynamic testing… » 10/02/14 9:00am 10/02/14 9:00am

28 Gorgeous Wind Tunnels That Will Blow You Away

I've always been amazed by wind tunnels. Why? First of all, they're massive structures. Then there's the remarkable contribution they make to science and engineering—without wind tunnels, we likely wouldn't have developed the aerospace technology that put us on the moon. And finally, wind tunnels are often simply… » 6/06/13 9:01am 6/06/13 9:01am

The Big Bad Wolf Ain't Got Nothing on the World's Only Category 5…

When Hurricane Andrew rolled ashore in South Florida back in 1992, it destroyed $27 billion worth of property. The storm was the third most destructive to ever hit the US, an outcome due in part to the insufficient building codes of the time. Structures simply weren't built to withstand the storm's fury. These days,… » 9/12/12 11:30am 9/12/12 11:30am

Volvo Wind Tunnel Has Road Simulator Minus Annoying Backseat Kids

Here's the new Volvo in-house wind tunnel simulator, a 28 million dollar facility that is the first in its class to have a road simulator. In theory, it will allow the Swedish manufacturer to precisely test the effect of road changes and airflows all around the car to make cars more fuel efficient. Strangely enough,… » 10/01/08 8:20pm 10/01/08 8:20pm