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NASA Oral History Project: NACA,
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics

Before NASA there was NACA – the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Started in 1915, the original focus deemed by the federal government was for the advisory panel of 12 people “to supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight, with a view to their practical solutions.” A few years after its inception, the Committee became an organization with a more broadened purpose. During the next forty-three years, the work of NACA members impacted aircraft developed for wars, commercial travel, and journeys beyond the earth’s atmosphere.

However, with the birth of the nation’s space agency, NACA faded gently at the four facilities where it had thrived and was dissolved officially on October 1, 1958. At the Langley, Ames, and Lewis Research Centers, as well as the High Speed Flight Station (Edwards AFB, CA), NACA members transitioned quietly to the new organization, NASA. They took their experience, their knowledge, their passion, and the traditions gained from working as NACA and used these as a foundation to forge the future achievements in American aviation.

This NASA Oral History Project captures the experiences of some of the individuals representing the four NACA facilities and its headquarters, giving the project a reflection of contributions and projects from each of the centers.

Bahan-Szucs, June C.
Intro (21K)
9-29-05 (131K)

Lewis Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory, Cleveland, Ohio

Becker, John V.
Intro (21K)
5-3-08 (79K)
Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, Virginia
Boyd, John W.
Intro (21K)
10-3-05 (121K)
Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California
Cavallo, Stefan A.
Intro (21K)
9-30-05 (133K)
Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, Virginia
Champine, Gloria R.
Intro (21K)
5-1-08 (127K)
Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, Virginia
Dibella, Jo
Intro (21K)
10-2-05 (112K)
NACA Headquarters, Washington, DC
Drake, Hubert M.
Intro (21K)
9-30-05 (85K)
Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, Virginia
Dusterberry, John C.
Intro (21K)
9-29-05 (102K)
Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California
Graham Robert W.
Intro (21K)
9-30-05 (88K)
Lewis Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory, Cleveland, Ohio
Kehlet, Alan B.
Intro (23K)
9-30-05 (198K)
Bio Sheet (33K)
Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, Virginia
Kenner, Gene A.
Intro (21K)
10-2-05 (106K)
High Speed Flight Research Station, Edwards Air Force Base, California
Kilgore, Edwin C.
Intro (21K)
5-3-08 (126K)
Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, Virginia
Kuhn, Richard E.
Intro (21K)
5-2-08 (87K)
Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, Virginia
McTigue, John G.
Intro (21K)
9-29-05 (100K)
Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California
Peterson, Victor L.
Intro (21K)
10-3-05 (110K)
Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California
Silveira, Milton A.
Intro (22K)
10-2-05 (92K)
4-18-06 (111K)
Bio Sheet (37K)
Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, Virginia
Smull, Ruth Hoover
Intro (21K)
5-1-08 (99K)
Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, Virginia
Syvertson, C.A. "Sy"
Intro (21K)
9-29-05 (114K)
Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California
Taback, Israel
Intro (21K)
4-30-08 (120K)
Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, Virginia

More transcripts are available from the alphabetical list above or from the complete list of participants.

Please note: Links on the following pages are active once the Oral History transcript is archived in the JSC History Collection.

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Transcript lists were last updated: February 12, 2013

   
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