For over a hundred years the sixteenth arrondissement of Paris has been home to a piece of aviation history : Gustave Eiffel’s wind tunnel. In 1912 the 79 year-old engineer, noted for the construction of the famous tower, pursued his research into aerodynamics, and for which he built a wind tunnel to conduct his experiments.
Welcome to the home of the most powerful aircraft wind tunnel in the world. Situated in the French Alps, close to the French-Italian border at Modane, the French National aerospace research centre (Onera) has an exceptional test centre. Inside a steel tunnel two giant fans produce transonic winds of speeds up to Mach 1, enabling aircraft manufacturers to conduct aerodynamic testing on their development aircraft.