Wright Brothers 1916 Wind Tunnel This wind tunnel was designed by Orville Wright in 1916 and installed in his laboratory at 15 N. Broadway in Dayton, Ohio. He used this tunnel to conduct various aerodynamic experiments during the World War I period. In July 1918, Orville wrote to a friend, "I have lately put up a small tunnel in my laboratory in which we have a wind velocity of over 160 miles an hour." The wind tunnel is on loan from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Click here to return to the Early Years Gallery.