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Flight Research Building

Built in the 1940s, the Flight Research Building (Hangar) is a 65 X 250 ft. heated facility that is large enough to hold numerous aircraft of various sizes. It has been home to many unique and innovative aircraft over the years.

Facility Overview

Twin Otter research aircraft
Twin Otter research aircraft in front of the Flight Research Building.

Home to many unique and innovative aircraft, the Flight Research Building, also known as the NASA Glenn Hangar, is located at NASA Glenn Research Center adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Built in the 1940s, the Hangar is a 65 X 250 ft. heated facility that is large enough to hold numerous aircraft of various sizes.

Inside the Hangar, there is a Flight Operations Administrative Office that is responsible for the daily operations, a pilots lounge, and flight-planning areas. There is also a full-scale metal, battery, and avionics shop. Aircraft Operations at the NASA Glenn Research Center flies, maintains, and modifies numerous aircraft for scientific research and aeronautical test purposes.

Facility Aircraft

S-3B Viking
Glenn’s newest aircraft, an S-3B Viking, photographed making an approach into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

S-3B Viking
Added to Glenn’s fleet of research aircraft in 2008, engineers from NASA GRC, Boeing and the Navy combined forces to transform the S-3B into a state-of-the-art NASA research aircraft. The S-3B Viking is equipped to conduct science and aeronautics missions, such as environmental monitoring, satellite communications testing and aviation safety research. It can fly up to 40,000 feet high and reach speeds faster than 500 miles per hour.

Twin Otter 
The Twin Otter is ideal for icing research purposes because of its ability to be flown in cold weather conditions, however, the aircraft’s configuration can be easily altered to accommodate a vast array of experiments.

T34-C Mentor Aircraft
T34-C Mentor Aircraft.

T-34C Mentor
The T-34C Mentor is a new arrival to the Glenn Research Center, but the employees here are quite familiar with this aircraft. This is a well-built, agile aircraft that is invaluable to Aircraft Operations here at NASA Glenn due to its economic and easy to maneuver form.

Quick Facts

NASA’s Glenn Flight Research Building is located at the NASA Glenn Research Center with aircraft access to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The facility is heated and spacious, 165 feet by 250 feet, and is large enough to hold numerous aircraft of various sizes. The facility houses the S3-B Viking, T-34C Mentor, and Twin Otter Icing Research Aircraft. Aircraft Operations at the NASA Glenn Research Center flies, maintains, and modifies the aircraft listed below for scientific research and aeronautical test purposes.

Name Flight Research Building
Size: 165-ft by 250-ft
Services: Oxygen, AC/DC power, fuel
Aircraft S-3B Viking

Twin Otter

T-34 Mentor

Capabilities

Hangar Services

S-3B Viking Capabilities

The S-3B Viking is a new addition to the Hangar and is now available for on-board experiments and flight testing. If you are interested in getting more information on this plane or steps that need to be taken in order to rent space on this plane, please contact us.

S-3B Viking Aircraft Data
Wingspan Unfolded – 68 ft 8 in (20.93 m)
Folded – 29 ft 6 in (9.00 m)
Length 49 ft 5 in (Tail Folded)
Height 22 ft 9 in (6.93 m)
Powerplants Two General Electric TF34-400B Turbofans
Pilots 1-2
Researchers 2-3
Speed Range 120-420 KIAS
Max Range 2,300 Nautical miles
Duration 6.0 hours
Ceiling 40,000 ft
Gross Weight 52,500 lb
Payload 12,000 lb*
Electrical Capacity 115 Volts AC 60 Hz: 60 A 3PH
115 Volts AC 400 Hz: 33 A 3PH
28 Volts DC: 500 amps
External Capacity Two (2) Wing Mounts
Two (2) External Sensor Pods, attach to wing mounts
Two (2) Heated Bomb Bays
Approximately 28″ width, 90″ length, 25″ high
Aft Sensor Area (2 wing mounts)
Internal Capacity Avionics Bay
Approximately 75″ width, 90″ length, 36″ high

* Fuel/Crew/Research Equipment and other restrictions may apply.

Twin Otter Capabilities

The Twin Otter, DHC-6, is a versatile aircraft capable of flying various mission profiles with an array of instruments. The aircraft has instrument mounts on both wings as well as numerous fuselage mounting points. It is an economical aircraft for missions flown below 20,000′ at speeds of around 90 to 140 knots.

Twin Otter DHC-6 Aircraft Data
Wingspan 65 ft
Length 59ft., 9in.
Height 19 ft 6 in
Powerplants Pratt and Whitney PT6A-20
Pilots 1-2
Researchers 1-3
Speed Range 120-140 KIAS
Max Range 420 Nautical miles
Duration 3.5 hours
Ceiling 25,000 ft
Gross Weight 11,000 lb
Payload 3,600 lb*
Electrical Configuration 1
115 Volts AC 60 Hz: 30 amps
28 Volts DC: 25 amps
Electrical Configuration 2 115 Volts AC 60 Hz: 15 amps
28 Volts DC: 100 amps
External Capacity Five (5) External Hard Wing Mounts
Internal Capacity Three (3) Internal Research Hardware Locations
Front Section, Main Fuselage, Rear Fuselage
Standard Rack Mounts
Overhead Hatch
Picture Window

* Fuel/Crew/Research Equipment and other restrictions may apply.

Instrumentation Upgrades
Meteorological Droplet Sizing
– FSSP
– OAP-200X 1-DC
– OAP-260X 1-DC
– OAP-2DC-Grey Liquid Water Content – CSIRO-King – Nevzorov LWC/TWCRosemount Ice DetectorTemperature
– Total, Static, Dew Point
Imaging Wing Stereo Camera System
Tail Video
Over Wing Video
35 mm Stills
Hi-8 Video
A/C Aerodynamics V, a, B, Altitude
Accels, Rates, Attitude
Control Surface Positions
Pilot Force / Hinge Moment
Prop RPM, Torque
Fuel Flow (Mass)
GPS Position

T-34 Mentor Capabilities

The T-34C Mentor is an economical platform that is especially suited for small sensor flights. It has been used in the past to validate sensors that are planned for unmanned vehicles. The operator has the ability to remotely control the sensor or operate it from the aft seat during flight.

T-34C Mentor Aircraft Data
Wingspan 33 ft 4 in (10.60 m)
Length 28 ft 6 in (8.75 m)
Height 9 ft 7 in (2.92 m)
Powerplants Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-25 Turboprop, 550 shp
Pilots 1
Researchers 1
Speed Range 120-200 KIAS
Max Range 550 Nautical miles
Duration 3.0 hours
Ceiling 25,000 ft
Gross Weight 4,400 lb
Useful Load 300 lb*
Electrical Configuration 1
28 Volts DC: 40 amps
Electrical Configuration 2 115 Volts AC 60 Hz: 2.5 amps
28 Volts DC: 24 amps
View Ports 4” Diameter Nadir port along bottom centerline
Projects GLESM – Camera Mounted to Baggage Door
External Capacity Fuselage Research Pod

*Fuel/Crew/Research Equipment and other restrictions may apply.

Contact

Flight Research Building
Chief of Aircraft Operations: James Demers
21000 Brookpark Rd. MS: 4-8
Cleveland, OH 44135
Office: 216-433-2039
Fax:    216-433-8144
James.R.Demers@nasa.gov

If you are unsure about whom to contact about a specific facility question, please call our main number at 216-433-4000.

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