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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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|
- Take a virtual tour of our Flight Research Building.
- The Flight Research Building is heated and spacious, 165 feet by 250 feet, and is large enough to hold numerous aircraft of various sizes.
- The Flight Research Building, also known as the NASA Glenn Hangar, is located at NASA’s Glenn Research Center adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
- The Flight Research Building also contains a full-scale metal, battery and avionics shop.
- The Flight Research Building, better known as the Hangar, was one of seven original buildings completed by 1945 at the newly constructed Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory (AERL).
- AC/DC power for aircraft
- Fuel through a local FBO
- Tow vehicles and tow bars
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.
|Height||19 ft 6 in|
|Powerplants||Pratt and Whitney PT6A-20|
|Speed Range||120-140 KIAS|
|Max Range||420 Nautical miles|
|Gross Weight||11,000 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
* Fuel/Crew/Research Equipment and other restrictions may apply.
– OAP-200X 1-DC
– OAP-260X 1-DC
– OAP-2DC-GreyLiquid Water Content – CSIRO-King – Nevzorov LWC/TWCRosemount Ice DetectorTemperature
– Total, Static, Dew Point
|Imaging||Wing Stereo Camera System
Over Wing Video
35 mm Stills
|A/C Aerodynamics||V, a, B, Altitude
Accels, Rates, Attitude
Control Surface Positions
Pilot Force / Hinge Moment
Prop RPM, Torque
Fuel Flow (Mass)
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.
|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|
|Speed Range||120-200 KIAS|
|Max Range||550 Nautical miles|
|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.
Flight Research Building
Chief of Aircraft Operations: James Demers
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