Wind Tunnel Testing for 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.
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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. 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

Calspan's 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)


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.