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For Release: October 9, 2003

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

NACA Reunion to Assemble Initial Pioneers and Innovators

The agency that preceded NASA, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), will be holding a reunion this weekend, October 10-12. Pioneers and innovators of flight the men and women who worked for NASA's forerunner some of the legendary figures of aeronautics will gather in Cleveland, Ohio for this event.

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, on a first-year budget of $5,000.

NASA's Glenn Research Center, then known as the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory, became the third aeronautics research facility established under NACA in 1941. The laboratory's initial mission was to advance American engine development to keep stride with the Europeans. The NACA became NASA with an act of Congress on October 1, 1958. This month marks NASA's 45th anniversary.

The reunion will be headquartered at the Holiday Inn Select on Lakeside in Cleveland, where a banquet will be held Saturday night. Other planned activities include tours of NASA's Glenn Research Center, Playhouse Square Theatres, a Trolley Tour of Cleveland and a Goodtime III boat trip.

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