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The Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel ( UPWT ) was completed in 1956 at a cost of $ 27 million under the Unitary Plan Act of 1949.
Every major commercial transport and almost every military jet built in the United States over the last 40 years has been tested in this facility.
The Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules and the Space Shuttle were also tested in this tunnel complex.
This wind tunnel facility represents a unique national asset of vital importance to the nation's defense and its competitive position in the world aerospace market.