Our History in Providing Independent Engineering Services - 1940s

1940

Company Roots

Company Roots

Early Beginnings: Roots of company are formed as executives of the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Corporation discuss a first-of-its-kind aircraft research facility.

1942

Construction Begins

Construction Begins

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.

1943

Dedication

Dedication

Research Facility Dedicated: Research Laboratory of the Curtiss-Wright Airplane Division at Buffalo is dedicated. Dr. Clifford C. Furnas is appointed its first Director.

1945

Cornell University

Cornell University

Cornell University Acquires the Lab: Curtiss-Wright bequeaths the Laboratory to Cornell University and provides a cash gift to complete the unfinished wind tunnel.

1946

C.A.L. is Formed

C.A.L. is Formed

C.A.L. is Formed: Employees of Curtiss-Wright Research Laboratory become employees of Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (CAL).

1947

Wind Tunnel Operational

Wind Tunnel Operational

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.

1948

F4U-5 Corsair

F4U-5 Corsair

C.A.L. designs and tests the Navy F4U-5 Corsair fighter, one of the first variable stability aircraft for researching handling qualities of aircraft.

Thin Man

Thin Man

C.A.L. develops “Thin Man” test dummy, precursor to the modern day crash test dummy.

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