Wind Tunnel Testing for Military Aircraft & Weapons

Military Aircraft & Weapons

The mission requirements for Military Aircraft and Weapons, such as range goals, weapons load-outs, top speed, maneuverability, and stealth, drive much of these air vehicles’ design. To achieve these demanding objectives, aerodynamicists must develop unique elements that change the air vehicle’s shape or outer-lines. To evaluate their effectiveness, aerodynamicists seek out Calspan’s expertise in conducting wind tunnel tests, in order to gather the necessary data to evaluate a configuration’s effectiveness.


Calspan’s expertise in this area is routinely utilized in support of the latest Military Aircraft & Weapons developments, both manned and unmanned (UAV). Since our beginning, our wind tunnel capabilities and expertise have been called upon to support a wide range of military aircraft and weapons. These include:

U.S. Fighter and Bomber Programs:


  • Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat vehicle (UCAV)
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
  • Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
  • Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
  • Boeing F-18 Hornet
  • General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • Grumman EA-6 Prowler
  • North American B-70 Valkyrie
  • Convair B-58 Hustler
  • Boeing Stratofortress
  • North American F-100 Super Sabre
  • Northrop F-89 Scorpion
  • Grumman XF9F-2 Panther

International Programs:


  • EF2000 Eurofighter Typhoon
  • KAI T-50 Golden Eagle
  • India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas

Furthermore, our Transonic Wind Tunnel services have been used to test the various weapons these aircraft platforms can carry, such as:

  • Tomahawk Missile
  • Harpoon Missile
  • Naval Strike Missile (NSM)
  • Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response Missile (SLAM-ER)
  • Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)
  • Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
  • Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)
  • Small Diameter Bomb (SDB)
  • Joint Common Missile (JCM)

Capabilities / Features & Benefits

In conjunction with our transonic wind tunnel facility, Calspan provides the following test techniques to assist the aerodynamicist in understanding and evaluating their air vehicle configuration against mission requirements:

Calspan’s goal is one of exceeding customer expectations and consistently delivering excellence across all elements of a test project, from project and program management through model development and configuration to data collection and analysis.