Bill Kinard, NACA/NASA employee for over 50 years, attended a banquet at the Virginia Air and Space Center on Friday, May 2, 2008. The dinner was held as part of the final reunion of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
Kinard, now the chief scientist for NASA's Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) program, began his career with NACA at the age of 23, fulfilling an assignment by the Air Force.
His early responsibilities included measuring, in the transonic speed range, the drag and stability of the B-58 bomber, which was at the time a concept airplane.
Kinard has been involved in several NASA projects including meteoroid flight experiments and the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) project. He is currently leading the MISSE program, which is providing the insight needed to develop materials for future spacecraft.
Credit: NASA/Sean Smith