Navy Yard in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
U.S. Experimental Model Basin
Here the Navy laid the foundations for research in ship and aircraft design with the establishment of a 470 foot towing tank in 1898 and an 8-by 8-foot closed circuit wind tunnel in 1914, both of which were first in the United States. Structural research on naval ships was begun in 1922. To those pioneers in naval science, whose work is being continued and extended at the David Taylor Model Basin built in 1939, and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics which became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958, this plaque is dedicated.
Erected by U.S. Navy.
Location. 38° 52.402′ N, 76° 59.675′ W. Marker is in Navy Yard, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Sicard Street, SE and Dahlgren Avenue, SE on Sicard Street, SE. Touch for map. Parking is restricted on the Navy Yard during business hours. Visitors without military identification are required to enter the Yard via the west entrance off M Street, SE. Drivers must obtain a visitor's pass and proceed to an authorized parking area as directed. Marker is in this post office area: Washington Navy Yard DC 20374, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Marine Railway - Experimental Model Basin (here, next to this marker); National Museum of the U.S. Navy (within shouting distance of this marker); Navy Department Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Willard Park (about 400 feet away); Naval Historical Foundation (about 500 feet away); Washington Navy Yard Chapel (about 500 feet away); Dudley Knox Center for Naval History (about 500 feet away); Navy Gun Car (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Navy Yard.
Also see . . .
1. David Taylor Model Basin, Carderock, MD. Successor to the Washington Navy Yard facility. (Submitted on August 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. U.S. Navy Museum: Cold War Gallery. - the present occupant of WNY Building 70, formerly, site of the U.S. Experimental Model Basin. (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Notable Buildings • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,490 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.