National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, founded March 3, 1915, was the predecessor for NASA.
The Launch of the first rocket form Cape Canaveral, Florida, 24 July 1950, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The Launch of the first rocket form Cape Canaveral, Florida, 24 July 1950, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

NACA's (the predecessor of NASA) mission statement. "...it shall be the duty of the advisory committee for aeronautics to supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight with a view to their practical solution..", public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

NACA's (the predecessor of NASA) mission statement. "...it shall be the duty of the advisory committee for aeronautics to supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight with a view to their practical solution..", public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The honeycombed, screened center of this open-circuit air intake for Langley's first wind tunnel insured a steady, nonturbulent flow of air, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The honeycombed, screened center of this open-circuit air intake for Langley's first wind tunnel insured a steady, nonturbulent flow of air, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Interior view of the Schlieren setup in the 1 x 3 Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California, 26 October 1945, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Interior view of the Schlieren setup in the 1 x 3 Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel at the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California, 26 October 1945, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Detail view of Schlieren setup in the 1 x 3 Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, 26 October 1945, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Detail view of Schlieren setup in the 1 x 3 Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, 26 October 1945, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Test section of a wind tunnel at Langley as seen through a window from outside, 22 January 1946, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Test section of a wind tunnel at Langley as seen through a window from outside, 22 January 1946, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

24 foot diameter swinging valve at various stages of opening and closing in the 10ft x 10ft Supersonic Wind Tunnel, 17 May 1956, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

24 foot diameter swinging valve at various stages of opening and closing in the 10ft x 10ft Supersonic Wind Tunnel, 17 May 1956, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Engineers operate the controls of the Stability Tunnel, 10 March 1943, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Engineers operate the controls of the Stability Tunnel, 10 March 1943, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Manometer Board Setup in the 18 x 18 inch Supersonic Wind Tunnel, 24 February 1948, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Manometer Board Setup in the 18 x 18 inch Supersonic Wind Tunnel, 24 February 1948, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Test pilot Lawrence A. Clousing climbs into his Lockheed P-80 aircraft for a test flight at the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffet Field, California, 1948, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Test pilot Lawrence A. Clousing climbs into his Lockheed P-80 aircraft for a test flight at the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffet Field, California, 1948, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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