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Model Research the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1915-1958, Volume 2

Model Research the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1915-1958, Volume 2

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Published by Bob Andrepont
NASA history of NACA, the agency that became NASA. Volume 2 of 2.
NASA history of NACA, the agency that became NASA. Volume 2 of 2.

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NASASP-4103
MODELRESEARCH
TheNationalAdvisoryCommitteeforAeronautics1915-1958
Volume2
Alex
RolandThe
NASA
History
Series
ScientificandTechnicalInformation
Branch1985
NationalAeronauticsandSpaceAdministrationWashington,DC
 
NASAmaintainsaninternalhistoryprogramfortwoprincipalreasons:(1)SponsorshipofresearchinNASA-relatedhistoryisonewayinwhichNASArespondstotheprovisionoftheNationalAeronauticsandSpaceActof1958thatrequiresNASAto"provideforthewidestpracticableandappropriatedisseminationofinformationconcerningitsactivitiesandtheresultsthereof."(2)ThoughtfulstudyofNASAhistorycanhelpagencymanagersaccomplishthemissionsassignedtotheagency.UnderstandingNASA'spastaidsinunderstandingitspresentsituationandilluminatespossiblefuturedirections.Oneadvantageofworkingincontemporaryhistoryisaccesstoparticipants.Duringtheresearchphase,theauthorsconductednumer-ousinterviews.Subsequentlytheysubmittedpartsofthemanuscripttopersonswhohadparticipatedinor
closely
observedtheeventsde-scribed.Readerswereaskedtopointouterrorsoft_actandquestionableinterpretationsandtoprovidesupportingevidence.Theauthorsthenmadesuchchangesastheybelievedjustified.Theopinionsand
conclu-
sionssetforthinthisbookarethoseoftheauthors;noofficialoftheagencynecessarilvendorsesthoseopinionsorconclusions.Roland,Alex,1944-Modelresearch.(TheNASAhistoryseries)(NASASP;4103)Bibliography:p.305Includesindex.!.UnitedStates.NationalAdvisoryCommitteeforAeronautics--History.I.Title.II.Series.III.Series:NASASP;4103.TL521.612.R581985352.0085'683-14137
 
Contents
PageVol.IForeword...........................................................................................xiPreface...............................................................................................xiii
Acknowledgments
.............................................................................xix1.TheQuestforaNationalAeronauticalLaboratory:Progress,Preparedness,andProgressivism,1910-1915...........................1Like-MindedMen..........................................................4TheChambersReport..................................................6TheWoodwardCommissionDebacle..........................10TheSmithsonianTry....................................................15CaesarianSectionbyDr.Walcott.................................202.WarBusiness:ALaboratoryandLicensing;CommitteesandEngines,1915-1918...................................................................27WhattoDo...................................................................27EnginesandIndustry....................................................34TheCross-LicensingAgreement..................................37BuildingaFuture..........................................................43DefiningtheFuture......................................................473.AdviceandPolitics,1919-1926.................................................51ANationalAviationPolicy............................................51TheDangersofControversy........................................58CommerceTakesOver.................................................65SavedbytheBill...........................................................674.TunnelVision,1919-1926.........................................................73GeorgeLewis:TheOrganization.................................73TheBudget...................................................................77TheLangleyLaboratory...............................................80MaxMunk:TheResearchProgram..............................875.WorkingWithIndustry,1926-1930..........................................99TheNACAStyle...........................................................99IndustryasClient..........................................................108TheUsesoftheCowling..............................................114PleasingEveryone.........................................................1196.TheUsesofAdversity,1931-1936............................................125Reorganization..............................................................126TheCriticsAttack.........................................................130TheNACADefense......................................................138DeclineandRecovery...................................................142

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