History in Providing Independent Engineering Services
Focusing on the Future
Never Forgetting Our Past
While the Calspan story has evolved over more than 70 years, our commitment to excellence remains unchanged, as we maintain a values-driven culture and the highest ethical standards. We are dedicated to providing innovative independent engineering design, testing, and research services to customers in the automotive and aerospace industries.
Early Beginnings: Roots of company are formed as executives of the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Corporation discuss a first-of-its-kind aircraft research facility.
Wind Tunnel Construction: Curtiss-Wright finances construction of one of the nation’s largest subsonic wind tunnels in Buffalo, N.Y. First concrete for building poured on June 22, 1942.
Research Facility Dedicated: Research Laboratory of the Curtiss-Wright Airplane Division at Buffalo is dedicated. Dr. Clifford C. Furnas is appointed its first Director.
Cornell University Acquires the Lab: Curtiss-Wright bequeaths the Laboratory to Cornell University and provides a cash gift to complete the unfinished wind tunnel.
C.A.L. is Formed: Employees of Curtiss-Wright Research Laboratory become employees of Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (CAL).
Wind Tunnel Becomes Operational: The 12-foot variable density subsonic wind tunnel goes operational. It is capable of producing air velocity of about 740 miles per hour.
Establishes VERF: Establishes Vehicle Experimental Research Facility (VERF) to evaluate vehicle crashworthiness and handling characteristics.
New Test Facilities: Designs and builds the world’s largest flat track advanced tire testing facility (TIRF). First flight of the Total In-flight Simulator (TIFS) aircraft after installation of simulation system and cockpit nose.
C.A.L. Becomes Calspan: Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory changes its name to Calspan Corporation, a for-profit operation on November 17, 1972.
Arvin Industries acquires Calspan which becomes the Arvin/Calspan Advanced Technology Center.
Calspan-SRL: System Research Laboratory (of Dayton, Ohio) is acquired and the company becomes Calspan-SLR.
Calspan-SRL Merges with Veda International, Inc. of Alexandria, Va. and a year later becomes Veridian Corporation.
Veridian is acquired by General Dynamics.
Calspan Again! Calspan Corporation is reestablished after the Aerospace and Transportation testing businesses are divested from General Dynamics.
Flight Research Facility: A new hangar and flight research facility is opened at the Niagara Falls airport.
Calspan acquires KHRI LC, to consolidate Crash Research activities for the Eastern Region of the National Automotive Sampling System – a government research project through NHTSA.