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Arnold AFB Wind Tunnel
Arnold AFB, TN
This propulsion wind tunnel (PWT) at Arnold AFB was the first large-scale facility for testing jet and rocket engines in simulated high-speed flight conditions. It has a unique…
Arroyo Seco Parkway Arroyo Seco Parkway
Los Angelos, CA
With its landscaped embankments, limited access, and depressed roadway, Arroyo Seco Parkway (now known as the Pasadena Freeway) became the prototype of the Los Angeles freeway…
ASABE Headquarters ASABE Headquarters
St. Joseph, MI
Established in 1907, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) was managed by volunteers. In 1925, local editor Raymond Olney was named secretary, thus establishing…
Ascutney Mill Dam Ascutney Mill Dam
Windsor, VT
Ithamar A. Beard, an engineer of some prominence in New England, surveyed the mill brook and selected the best site for a storage dam. Contractor Simeon Cobb, knowledgeable of…
Ashuelot Covered Bridge Ashuelot Covered Bridge
Ashuelot, NH
The Ashuelot Covered Bridge is located at the center of Ashuelot, NH. It is a Town lattice truss bridge, spanning the Ashuelot River in a roughly north-south orientation. It…
The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code continues to impact modern day boilers and other types of pressure vessels. ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
Dearborn, MI
Published in 1914-15, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) was the first comprehensive standard for the design, construction, inspection, and testing of boilers and…
Atanasoff-Berry Computer Atanasoff-Berry Computer
Ames, IA
John Vincent Atanasoff conceived basic design principles for the first electronic-digital computer in the winter of 1937 and, assisted by his graduate student, Clifford E. Berry,…
Atlantic City Convention Hall Atlantic City Convention Hall
Atlantic City, NJ
The quantities of materials used in the building are staggering: 12,000 tons of structural steel; 42,000 cubic yards of concrete - consisting of 65,000 barrels of cement and 25,…
Atlas Launch Vehicle
El Cajon, CA
The Atlas E-2 Space Booster, or launch vehicle, is a modified intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the Convair Division of General Dynamics and the U.S. Air Force. The…
Bailey Island Bridge Bailey Island Bridge
Harpswell, ME
Hardy fishermen and their families have long inhabited Bailey Island, which was settled in the 1720s. Ordinarily, they did not mind crossing to the mainland in their fishing boats…
Baltimore & Ohio Roundhouse & Shop Complex Baltimore & Ohio Roundhouse & Shop Complex
Martinsburg, WV
"The roundhouse is an amazing survivor of an important era in American engineering and architectural history. Eric DeLony, chief of the National Park Service's Historic American…
Basic-Oxygen Steel Making Vessel
Trenton, MI
This is one of the three original 60-ton vessels by which the basic oxygen process (BOP) of steel making was introduced into this country from Austria, where it was invented. It…
Batavia Windmills Batavia Windmills
Batavia, IL
Collection of restored windmill operated waterpumps made at one of the three windmill manufacturing companies in Batavia. In late 19th century - early 20th century, Batavia…
Bay City Walking Dredge Bay City Walking Dredge
Naples, FL
Built by the Bay City Dredge Works of Bay City, Michigan, this dredge was used to construct a portion of US 41 called the Tamiami Trail, which connected Tampa with Miami through…
Bayonne Bridge Bayonne Bridge
Staten Island, NY
The longest steel-arch bridge in the world for 46 years, the Bayonne Bridge continues to be celebrated today as a major aesthetic and technical achievement. The 1,675-foot bridge…
Bell Aircraft Corporation's main factory Bell Aircraft Plant
Niagara Falls, NY
Bell Aircraft, founded in 1935 by Lawrence Dale “Larry” Bell, based its primary manufacturing facility in Wheatfield, New York, where several important aircraft were designed and…
Belle Fourche Dam Belle Fourche Dam
Belle Fourche, SD
Belle Fourche, meaning "Beautiful Forks" in French, refers to the confluence of the Redwater and Belle Fourche Rivers. The gold rush to the Black Hills in 1876 brought many people…
Belle Isle Gas Turbine
Schenectady, NY
This unit, retired from the Belle Isle Station of the Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company, was the first gas turbine to be used for electric utility power generation in the United…
Belle of Louisville
Louisville, KY
The Belle of Louisville, built in 1914, is the oldest operating “western rivers” steamboat. It has the shallow-draft flat-bottom hull braced by hog-chain trusses, multiple fire-…
RIM-8 Talos surface to air missile built by Bendix Corporation in test launcher at White Sands Missile Range New Mexico Bendix Aviation Corporation
Teterboro, NJ
This site, originally the home of the Eclipse-Pioneer Division of the Bendix Aviation Corporation, has produced navigational instruments and engine components since 1938. …

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