View Full Version : NACA/NASA: Celebrating a Century of Innovation, Exploration, and Discovery in Flight

2015-Feb-07, 05:40 AM
On March 3 2015, NASA will celebrate the centennial of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the precursor to NASA - the original government entity that gave it birth.


In 1915 the U.S. Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The committee was set up under the intense pressures of World War 1, predominantly to develop flight technology. Once established, the NACA immediately began creating world class research and testing facilities and recruiting the best and the brightest scientists in the world. Famously, in 1920 President Wilson appointed Orville Wright to the board of the NACA. Before long the formation of the NACA led to revolutionary research, the design and construction of the most advanced wind tunnels in the world, improvements in flight characteristics through the refinement of airfoil shapes for wings and propellers, new flight testing procedures, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier, and much more. Eventually the NACA would provide the perfect launchpad from which the U.S. would begin its journey into space, through the NACA's transformation in 1958 to NASA - the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

2015-Feb-09, 02:23 PM
Wow. 100 years. If anything merits a celebration, this is one of them.