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California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge tests took place in the wind tunnel at Caltech -Pasadena- in the Daniel Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory. The video investigates the causes of the Tacoma Narrow Bridge failure with a model of the entire span constructed to 1/234 scale. The von Karman papers include minutes of the committee that asked von Karman to carry the tests. This reel is part of a series of footage covering von Kármán's family, his travels, his meeting with scientists and technical footage. The films were made by von Kármán himself or by family members and friends.

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