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The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development
July 10, 2014

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Tuesday, March 3 – Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Moving Beyond Earth Gallery
National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue, Washington DC

On March 3, 1915, Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or N-A-C-A, “to supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight with a view to their practical solution, and to determine the problems which should be experimentally attacked, and to discuss their solution and their application to practical questions.” In 1958, the NACA's staff, research facilities and know-how were transitioned to the new NASA.

From March 3-4, 2015, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and the NASA History Program Office will host a special symposium open to the public that commemorates a century of aerospace research and development.

Organizers
Dr. William P. Barry, NASA Chief Historian
Dr. Roger D. Launius, National Air and Space Museum
Dr. Richard Hallion, Florida Polytechnic University

TO REGISTER:
Contact Nadine Andreassen
histinfo@hq.nasa.gov
Please provide your name, email address, and affiliation.

PROGRAM
Tuesday - March 3, 2015

8:45 – 9:15  Registration
9:15  Welcoming Remarks
J.R. Dailey, Director, National Air and Space Museum
Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator
9:30 Keynote Address:

What is the NACA Model of Research and Development? Reflections on a Century of Flight – Roger D. Launius, National Air and Space Museum
10:15 – 11:45 Setting the Stage
Moderator: William P. Barry, NASA Headquarters

Flight Not Improbable: Octave Chanute tackles aeronautics as a civil engineer — Simine Short, National Soaring Museum

False Start: The Langley Aerodynamical Laboratory, 1911-1915 — Tom D. Crouch, National Air and Space Museum

The US Military and the Creation of the NACA — Laurence Burke, Carnegie Mellon University

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:30 Early History of NACA

Moderator: Stephen Garber, NASA Headquarters

Bringing aerodynamics and aeronautical engineering to the American University — Deborah G. Douglas, MIT Museum

NACA, Naval Aviation and MIT: Establishing the Practice of Aeronautical Engineering — John Tylko, MIT

Transplanting Göttingen to the Tidewater: The NACA and German Aerodynamics, 1919-1926 — Richard P. Hallion, Florida Polytechnic University

The War, the NACA and the Convention: Laying the Ideological Foundation for Federal Regulation during the Wilson Administration — Sean Seyer, University of Kansas

2:30 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:30 Flight Test and Research

Moderator: Richard P. Hallion, Florida Polytechnic University

Conducting Research in Flight: A Unique NACA Contribution to Aerospace — Robert E. Curry, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, Retired

The NACA, the Airplane Propeller, and World War II — Jeremy R. Kinney, National Air and Space Museum

 “The Real Right Stuff”: An Historical Examination of the Culture and Accomplishments of the NACA Research Pilot, 1917-1958 — James R. Hansen, Auburn University

Flight Test to Moon Shot: The NACA, the Astronauts, and the Culture of Experiment, 1959–1969 — Matthew H. Hersch, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday – March 4, 2015

9:10 Houskeeping/Keynote Introduction
9:15 – 10:00 Keynote Address:
The NACA in the 1930’s – Trailblazing the Technical World of Aerodynamics — John D. Anderson, National Air and Space Museum
10:00 – 11:45 Key Aspects of NACA Research

Moderator: Michael J. Neufeld, National Air and Space Museum

The NACA and Research Policy at the Hands of History — Robert Ferguson, Independent Researcher

Epochs of Space Technology at NASA: NACA to OART and Beyond — John C. Mankins, Artemis Innovation Management Solutions, LLC

Women of NACA: STEM Stories to Inspire Future Generations — Adrienne Provenzano, STEAM Educator

The NACA at Lewis Laboratory, a Legacy of Ohioans Solving the Problem of Flight — Shannon Bohle, Archivopedia, LLC

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 – 3:00 Transformations

Moderator: F. Robert van der Linden, National Air and Space Museum

The NACA Transition to Space: Validating the Blunt Body — Glenn Bugos, NASA Ames Research Center

Reaction Control Systems and the NACA — Christian Gelzer, NASA Armstrong Research Center

Tin Soldiers and Glass Slippers: How Postwar Competition Sailplane Development Shifted from America to Europe — Russell Lee, National Air and Space Museum

Towards Victory: NACA Public Relations on the Coattails of the Cold War, 1946-1958 — Kristen Starr, Auburn University

3:00 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:00 The Next Assignment: A Panel Discussion 
Chair: Peter Jakab, National Air and Space Museum

Mark Lewis, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute

Janet Bednarek, University of Dayton

Peter Westwick, University of Southern California


TO REGISTER:
Contact Nadine Andreassen
histinfo@hq.nasa.gov
Please provide your name, email address, and affiliation.

A 1953 photo of the NACA hangar at the South Base of Edwards Air Force
The aircraft in this 1953 photo of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) hangar at South Base of Edwards Air Force Base showed the wide range of research activities being undertaken.
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March 2015 marks 100 years since the founding of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, NASA's predecessor.
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1953 photo inside an aircraft hanger.
The aircraft in this 1953 photo of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) hangar at South Base of Edwards Air Force Base showed the wide range of research activities being undertaken.
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