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Former Center Director
Former Center Director

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Walter Williams

Walter Williams was a native of New Orleans, LA and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in aeronautical engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, in 1939.

After graduation, he was employed by the Glenn L. Martin Company of Baltimore, MD, and later that same year joined the science staff of the NASA Langley Research Center where he initially worked in the stability and control field, predominately with World War II aircraft.

In Sept. 1946, Williams was assigned as the NACA Project Engineer for the X-1 experimental aircraft program. (The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics was the predecessor of NASA.) When the Muroc detachment was expanded into a permanent facility, he was appointed as the first Chief of the NACA High-Speed Flight Station and continued in that capacity after the station was absorbed by NASA along with other National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics facilities on Oct. 1, 1958.

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August 24, 1954
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