Boeing to be lead sponsor of most advanced academic wind tunnel in US

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have announced that Boeing will be the lead donor in the replacement of MIT´s 79-year-old Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel with a new Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel that will be the largest and most advanced academic wind tunnel in the United States, the companies said.

Boeing has made a funding pledge to become the lead donor of the USD 18 million project. Terms of the Boeing pledge were not disclosed.

The gift reflects the century-long relationship between MIT and Boeing that helped ignite the global aerospace industry, and also points to the future of research and development that will fuel continued innovation, according to Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president, Engineering Test & Technology.

The new tunnel will be constructed on the site of the current tunnel which was dedicated in September 1938. From its early days during World War II, when technicians worked around the clock designing military aircraft, testing in the tunnel has branched out to include ground antenna configurations, ski gear, space suits, wind turbines, ship sails and most recently, a design for clean, quiet and super-efficient commercial aircraft.