On 17 February 2011 children from the kindergarten Sokolovká visited the VZLÚ’s department of high speed aerodynamics in Prague Palmovka. The kindergarten is located directly below the lab complex.
The aim of the visit was the Liben’s dominant – Liben’s gasholder, which the children see from their kindergarten and which is covered with mystery and ambiguity for them. During the visit children learned about the history and the current use of the gasholder, visited the wind tunnel and saw the test models of the aircraft.
About the Libeň gasholder:
Built in 1932, the Libeň gasholder served its original purpose for 10 years only. At the end of World War II it was hit by shots fired from an aiplane´s gun, which prevented it from being used further on. In 1949 it was handed over to VZLU, which made it a high speed wind tunnel, the biggest facility of this kind ever built on the territory of former Czechoslovakia.
The high speed aerodynamics wind tunnel is a unique experimental facility used for aerodynamic calculations and tests at high flow speeds up to M3.5.