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Historical Mitigation Effort
NASA photographer with tripod photographing B-3
Photographer at Facility
This Web site is part of a wider effort to document the history of the B-1 and B-3 test stands. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires that Federal agencies document their historic facilities before any significant structural changes, demolitions, or relocations. Although B-1 and B-3 were not eligible to be National Historic Landmarks, Glenn felt that their contributions to the Nation’s space program warranted permanent documentation before their demolition. This project formally began in October 2009 after the finalization of the Statement of Work for the Glenn History Office.

The documentation includes the collection of documents from the Plum Brook Station archives, the Glenn History Office archives, retirees, NASA Technical Reports Server, newspaper databases, and other sources. It also includes the scanning and captioning of hundreds of negatives and blueprints. The documents, many of which were scanned, are available on this website and will be permanently stored in the Glenn History Office.
The collected information is being distilled into several different products to be shared with the public and NASA employees. These include this Web site, an exhibit display, and Historic American Engineering Reports.

Front page of Historic American Engineering Report on B-1 and B-3
HAER Report
Photograph of exhibit display for the B-1 and B-3 test stands
Exhibit Display
Article on the opening of B-3