For release: Oct. 2, 1996
RELEASE NO. 96-166
NACA REUNION TO ASSEMBLE PIONEERS OF FLIGHT
The pioneers of flight - the men and women who worked for NASA's
forerunner - are planning a reunion that will gather some of the
legendary figures of aeronautics in Hampton.
The reunion will celebrate NASA's predecessor agency, the
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), from Oct. 3
through 6. The City of Hampton has issued a proclamation declaring
the dates "NACA Reunion VII Days."
The NACA was formed in 1915 (to supervise and direct the
scientific study of the problems of flight, with a view to their
practical solutions) all on a first-year budget of $5,000.
NASA Langley Research Center (then known as Langley Memorial
Aeronautical Laboratory) was opened two years later as the nation's
first civilian aeronautical laboratory. The NACA became NASA with
an act of Congress in 1958
Reunion organizers said more than 650 former NACA employees have
registered to attend. A welcoming reception will be held Friday,
Oct. 4, at the Virginia Air and Space Center in downtown
The reunion will be headquartered at the Holiday Inn Hotel and
Conference Center on Mercury Boulevard in Hampton, where a banquet
and dance will be held Saturday night featuring keynote speaker Dr.
Hans Mark, former NASA deputy administrator.
Planned activities include tours of Jamestown, Yorktown,
Williamsburg and NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton. The
NACA/NASA Langley Alumni Association is hosting the reunion. The
association president, Duncan McIver of Williamsburg, can be
reached at (757) 595-1306. The reunion chairman is Cornelius Driver
The reunion has a home page on the Internet at NACA
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