This Poor Plane is More Ice than Aircraft After an Extreme Icing Test

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Holy crap. Testing how aircraft ice in extreme cold weather makes sense, but surely this is going too far?! This 1983 test at NASA’s Icing Research Tunnel dropped this commuter transport engine into its own special torment, spraying it with water to observe freezing on the test model.

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DISCUSSION

Wow that is a lot of ice. Curious on how cold they make that tunnel

Icing Research Tunnel

It is all a cover! NASA just wants to make cakes!