Langley Research Center
Aerial view of NASA Langley in 2011
Map of NASA Langley Research Center
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Langley Research Center (LaRC or NASA Langley) located in
Established in 1917 by the
In June 2015, after previously serving as Associate Director, then Deputy Director, Dr. David E. Bowles was appointed Director of NASA Langley. 
In 1917, less than three years after it was created, the
Langley Field and NACA began parallel growth as air power proved its utility during World War I. The center was originally established to explore the field of aerodynamic research involving airframe and propulsion engine design and performance. In 1934 the world's largest wind tunnel was constructed at Langley Field with a 30 × 60 foot test section; it was large enough to test full-scale aircraft.
 It remained the world's largest wind tunnel until the 1940s, when a 40 × 80 foot tunnel was built at NASA
Early in 1945, the center expanded to include rocket research, leading to the establishment of
Langley Research Center can claim many historic firsts, some of which have proven to be revolutionary scientific breakthroughs. These accomplishments include the development of the concept of research aircraft leading to supersonic flight, the world's first transonic wind tunnels, the Lunar Landing Facility providing the simulation of lunar gravity, and the Viking program for Mars exploration.
 The center also developed standards for the grooving of aircraft runways based on a previous British design used at