SP-4305 ENGINEER IN CHARGE

 

Appendix B

 

Personnel

 

[401] This appendix provides information about the chairmen of the NACA, members of the NACA Main Committee, executive officers at NACA headquarters, growth of the Langley staff 1919-1958, Langley researchers during the NACA years, and Langley officers t the end of the NACA years.

 

1. Chairmen of the NACA

 

One of the founding principles and greatest virtues of the NACA was the idea that the Committee should be composed of individuals of such high character and distinction to insulate it as much as possible from political and economic influence. The Main Committee had only eight chairmen:

 

George Percival Scriven

Brig. Gen., USA; Chief Signal Officer

1915-1916

William Frederick Durand

Professor and Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

1916-1918

John Ripley Freeman

Consulting Engineer, Providence, R.I.

1918-1919

Charles Doolittle Walcott

Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

1919-1927

Joseph Sweetman Ames

Professor of Physics and President, Johns Hopkins University

1927-1939

Vannevar Bush

President, Carnegie Institution

1939-1941

Jerome Clarke Hunsaker

Chairman, Department of Aeronautical Engineering, MIT

1941-1956

James Harold Doolittle (Lt. Gen., USAF, Ret.)

Vice President, Shell Oil Company of New York

1956-1958

 

The average period in office of an NACA chairman was 6 1/2 years. The three longest tenures were those of Walcott (8 years), Ames (12 years), and Hunsaker (15 years). The c airmen's lives spanned from 1850 to the present, from wooden ships to spacecraft. All eight were born before 1900, the youngest (Doolittle) in 1896, seven years prior to the rights' landmark flight at Kitty Hawk. The first five chairmen, in fact, were born before t e end of the Civil War. Four (Durand, Bush, Hunsaker, and Doolittle) lived to see the creation of NASA in 1958. In 1986, Doolittle was still living. The average age of the....

 


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The NACA Main Committee, 1920.

Meeting of the Main Committee in the NACA conference room, Washington, D.C., 1920. At the far right are three men who would serve as chairman of the NA CA: (from right to left) Charles D. Walcott, Joseph S. Ames, and William F. Durand. Fourth from the left is Orville Wright. Standing by the chalkboard is John F. Victory, the NACA secretary.

 

....NACA chairmen at time of appointment was approximately 60, equivalent to the average age of new judges on the U.S. Supreme Court. Walcott chaired the Committee to the age of 77, Ames until 75. Bush was the youngest man to head the body; he was 49 at the time of his appointment.

Half of the group were born and raised in New England, including Durand (a small farm near Beaver Falls, Conn.), Freeman (West Bridgton, Maine), Ames (Manchester, Vt.), and Bush (Everett, Mass.). Only Hunsaker (Creston, Iowa; raised in Detroit and Saginaw, Mich.) and Doolittle (Alameda, Calif.) came from outside the Northeast. All seem to have come from solid middle-class families. Bush was the son of a Protestant minister (he received the name "Vannevar" in honor of the clergyman who married his parents). Hunsaker's father was a newspaper editor and publisher.

After Scriven resigned his chairmanship in 1916, no military man on active duty was chairman. However, Durand and Hunsaker had both graduated with high honors from the U.S. Naval Academy, the latter first in his class. Durand then served for seven years in the navy's new engineering corps, and Hunsaker spent a year at sea before being selected by the Construction Corps to study naval architecture at MIT. Doolittle rose to flag rank in his career as a military aviator. In the 1920s and 1930s he gained extensive experience in research and development in aeronautical research instruments and techniques. His most famous exploit, of course, was leading the bombing raid on Tokyo in 1942.

Some chairmen had experience in industry. Freeman acted as a consulting engineer on water power and mill construction for various large manufacturing corporations in the United States and Canada. In the early 1900s he studied the water supply of Greater New York City and tested gun carriages for the War Department. He resigned within.....

 


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NACA chairman Jerome C. Hunsaker (left) chats with executive secretary John F. Victory during the NACA inspection held at Langley in October 1956.

NACA chairman Jerome C. Hunsaker (left) chats with executive secretary John F. Victory during the NACA inspection held at Langley in October 1956.

 

James H. Doolittle, the NACA's last chairman, visited Langley in February 1928 in his Curtiss Racer, the plane in which he won the 1925 Schneider Trophy Race.

James H. Doolittle, the NACA's last chairman, visited Langley in February 1928 in his Curtiss Racer, the plane in which he won the 1925 Schneider Trophy Race.


 

....a year to travel to the Orient, where he consulted with the Chinese government on the improvement of its canal system. Bush worked in 1913 with General Electric. Hunsaker w s employed in the late 1920s with Bell Telephone Laboratories to develop airway wire, [404] radio, and weather services, and with Goodyear-Zeppelin to help build the Akron and Macon and to promote airships as transoceanic transportation. Doolittle worked for Shell Oil Company for many years, first as a manager of its aviation department and then as an executive officer.

Several spent most of their professional lives in teaching and research. Durand's 37 years of teaching began in mechanical engineering at Michigan State University in 1887. Four years later, he moved to Cornell to take charge of its graduate school of marine engineering and naval architecture. He accepted the chair of mechanical engineering at Stanford in 1904, staying in it until the age of mandatory retirement (65) in 1924. Ames taught physics at Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater, from 1890 to 1926, when he became the school's provost; later he became the school's president. Four chairmen of the NACA had strong ties to MIT. In 1914 Hunsaker returned to MIT, his alma mater, as head of the departments of mechanical and aeronautical engineering, expanding those programs to include studies in supersonics, aeroelasticity, vibration, instrumentation, automatic control, and jet propulsion. Bush taught at MIT from 1919 to 1939, advancing from professor of electric power transmission to vice-president and dean of the school of engineering. Bush, Freeman, and Doolittle earned engineering degrees at MIT.

The achievements, titles, and honors awarded this group, too numerous to list here, include some of the highest academic, civilian, and military awards presented in this country.

 

Sources: Series of biographical profiles entitled "Meet the Committee," appearing in Langley Air Scoop, 1944-1958; Who's Who in Engineering: A Biographical Dictionary of the Engineering Profession, 6th ed., New York, 1945; American Men and Women of Science, 10th ed., New York & London, 1960; McGraw-Hill Modern Scientists and Engineers, 3 vols., New York, 1980; Alex Roland, Model Research, NASA SP-4103, 1985.

 

 

2. Members of the NACA Main Committee

 

Public Law 271, 63d Cong., 1st sess., (see appendix A) set the number of NACA members originally at 12. Public Law 549, 80th Cong., 2d sess., raised the number to 15, and Public Law 908, 70th Cong., 1st sess., raised it to 17.

To ensure the primacy of government interests in the new agency, the enabling act established a ratio of seven government members to five from the private sector. The government majority was preserved in the subsequent increases in Committee size. The purpose of enlarging the NACA from 12 to 15 in 1929 was to make room for at least one representative of the new aeronautics section of the Department of Commerce, which had been created by the Air Commerce Act of 1926. The Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 specified that at least two representatives of the Department of Commerce always sit with the Committee, guaranteeing government's predominance by a ratio of 9 to 6. Congress approved the 1948 increase in NACA membership from 15 to 17 in order to add a representative of the new Department of Defense, setting the government-to-private interest ratio at 10 to 7.

 

[405] From 1915 to the creation of NA A in 1958, a total of 120 men (and no women) served on the NACA:

 

Most Committee appointments fro government service were ex officio: i.e., the incumbent of a post like head of the air force or secretary of the Smithsonian Institution was automatically appointed to the NACA. Length of service depended on tenure in the [primary] government post, and this varied from agency to agency. Until 1938, appointments from private life were until the incumbent resigned; after 1938, they were for five years, though often renewed. (Roland, Model Research, app. B, . 423.)

 

Approximately hail of the 12 members 58) were on active military duty; at least another 5 had served as officers in the armed forces. Forty represented the civilian side of the federal government. There were 22 private citizens, 9 of whom were employed by large corporations at the time of their membership.

Though the army and navy each had two seats, the frequent transfer of military members tended to weaken their influence. The average length of NACA service by active military men was approximately t years. The NACA members averaging the longest tenures came from th Weather Bureau (14.5 years), the Smithsonian Institution (11 years), and the Bureau of Standards and the private sector (9 years each). Representatives from other government agencies averaged only three years in office. Like the military services, however, the Department of Commerce was compensated for its high turnover rate by always having two m on the Committee.

The following list of Main Committee members is arranged alphabetically.

 

Abbot, Dr. Charles G.
Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
1928-1945
 
Adams, Joseph P.
Civil Aeronautics Board
1952-1956
 
Alison, John R.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce
1947-1949
 
Ames, Dr. Joseph S.
Johns Hopkins University
1915-1939
 
Arnold, Henry H.
General of the Air Force
1938-1948
 
Astin, Dr. Allen V.
Director, Bureau of Standards
1952-1958
 
Bane, Col. Thurman H.
USA
1919-1922
 
Bassett, Preston R.
Sperry Gyroscope Co., Inc.
1953-1958

 


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The NACA Main Committee, 1939.

NACA meeting, 19 October 1939. Left to right: Brig. Gen. George H. Brett; Clinton M. Hester; Rear Adm. John H. Towers; Lyman J. Briggs; Charles A. Lindbergh; Orville Wright; Jerome C. Hunsaker; George W. L wis; Vannevar Bush, chairman; George J. Mead, vicechairman; John F. Victory, secretary; Charles C. Abbot; Edward P. Warner; Maj. Gen. Henry H. Arnold; Robert H. Hinckley; Capt. Sydney M. Kraus; Francis W. Reichelderfer.

 

Brett, Lt. Gen. George H.
USAAC
1939-1942
 
Briggs, Dr. Lyman 3.
Director, Bureau of Standards
1933-1945
 
Bristol, Capt. Mark L.
USN, Director, Naval Aeronautics
1915-1916
 
Bronk, Dr. Detlev W.
Rockefeller Foundation for Medical Research
1945-1958
 
Burden, Dr. William A. M.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce
1942-1947
 
Burgess, George K.
Director, Bureau of Standards
1923-1932
 
Bush, Dr. Vannevar
President, Carnegie Institution
1938-1948
 
Carmichael, Dr. Leonard
Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
1953-1958

[407]

Cassady, Vice Adm. John H
USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air)
1950-1952
 
Clark, Col. Virginius
USA
1917-1918
 
Combs, Vice Adm. Thomas
USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air)
1952-1953;1955-1956
 
Compton, Dr. Karl T.
Research and Development Board
1948-1949
 
Condon, Dr. Edward U.
Director, Bureau of Standards
1945-1951
 
Connoly, Donald H. (Maj. G en., USA, Ret.)
Administrator of Civil Aeronautics
1940-1942
 
Cook, Rear Adm. Arthur B.
USN, Chief, Burea of Aeronautics
1931-1934; 1936-1939
 
Craigie, Lt. Gen. Lawrence C.
USAF
1951-1954
 
Craven, Capt. Thomas
USN, Director of Naval Aviation
1919-1921
 
Crawford, Dr. Frederick C.
Thompson Products, Inc.
1954-1958
 
Curry, Maj. Gen. John F.
USAAC
1924-1926
 
Damon, Ralph S.
Trans World Airlines, Inc.
1953-1956
 
Davis, Thomas W. S.
Assistant Secret of Commerce
1950-1953
 
Davis, Vice Adm. William V., Jr.
USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air)
1956-1958
 
Doherty, Robert E.
Carnegie Institute of Technology
1940-1941
 
Doolittle, James H. (Lt. Gen., USAF, et.)
Shell Oil Co.
1948-1958
 
Duncan, Vice Adm. Donald B.
USN, Deputy Chie of Naval Operations (Air)
1947-1948
 
Durand, Dr. William F.
Stanford University
1915-1933;1941-1945
 
Echols, Maj. Gen. Oliver P.
USAF
1942-1945

 

[408]

 

Fagg, Dr. Fred D., Jr.
Director, Bureau of Air Commerce
1937-1938
 
Fechet, Maj. Gen. James E.
USA, Chief of Air Service
1928-1931
 
Fitch, Vice Adm. Aubrey W.
USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air)
1944-1945
 
Foote, Paul D.
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering)
1957-1958
 
Foulois, Maj. Gen. Benjamin D.
USA, Chief, SAAC
1929-1930; 1932-1936
 
Freeman, John R.
Consulting Engineer, Providence, R.I.
1918-1919
 
Furnas, Clifford C.
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering)
1956-1957
 
Gardner, Vice Adm. Matthias B.
USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air)
1952-1953
 
Gilmore, Brig. Gen. William E.
USA
1926-1929
 
Gregg, Willis R.
Chief, Weather Bureau
1934-1938
 
Guggenheim, Harry F.
Long Island, N.Y.
1929-1938
 
Harrison, Rear Adm. Lloyd
USN, Deputy and Assistant Chief, BuAer
1953-1955
 
Hayford, Dr. John F.
Northwestern University
1915-1923
 
Hazen, Ronald M.
Allison Division, General Motors
1946-1954
 
Hester, Clinton M.
Administrator, Civil Aeronautics Authority
1938-1940
 
Hinckley, Robert H.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce
1939-1942
 
Hines, Rear Adm. Wellington T.
USN, Assistant Chief for Procurement, BuAer
1957-1958
 
Hunsaker, Dr. Jerome C.
Massachusett Institute of Technology
1922-1923; 1938-1958
 
Kenly, Maj. Gen. William L.
USA, Director of Military Aeronautics
1918-1919

 

[409]

King, Rear Adm. Ernest J.
USN, Chief, BuAer
1933-1936
 
Kinler, Brig. Gen. Walter G.
USA
1939-1940
 
Kraus, Rear Adm. Sydney
USN, BuAer
1936-1943
 
Land, Capt. Emory S.
USN, BuAer
1923-1929
 
Lindbergh, Charles A.
New York City
1931-1939
 
Littlewood, William
American Airlines
1944-1953
 
Lonnquest, Rear Adm. Theodore C.
USN, BuAer
1947-1952
 
McCain, Vice Adm. John S.
USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air)
1942-1944
 
McCarthy, Charles J.
Chance Vought Aircraft, Inc.
1957-1958
 
MacCracken, William P., Jr.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce
1929-1938
 
McIntosh, Col. Lawrence W.
USA
1923-1924
 
Marvin, Charles F.
Chief, Weather Bureau
1915-1934
 
Mead, George J.
Hartford, Conn.
1939-1943
 
Menoher, Maj. Gen. Charles T.
USA, Chief of Air Service
1919-1921
 
Mitscher, Vice Adm. Marc .
USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air)
1945-1946
 
Moffett, Rear Adm. William A.
USN, Chief, BuAer
1921-1933
 
Mulligan, Denis
Director, Bureau of Air Commerce
1938
 
Murray, Robert B., Jr.
Under Secretary of Commerce
1953-1954
 
Newton, Byron R.
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
1915-1918

 

[410]

 

Noble, Edward J.
Chairman, Civil Aeronautics Authority
1938-1939
 
Nyrop, Donald W.
Chairman, Civil Aeronautics Board
1951-1952
 
Ofstie, Vice Adm. Ralph A.
USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air)
1953-1954
 
Pace, Rear Adm. Ernest M., Jr.
USN, BuAer
1943-1944
 
Patrick, Maj. Gen. Mason M.
USA, Chief Air Service
1921-1927
 
Pfingstag, Rear Adm. Carl J.
USN, Chief for Field Activities, BuAer
1955-1957
 
Powers, Maj. Gen. Edward M.
USAF
1945-1949
 
Pratt, Maj. Gen. Henry C.
USA
1930-1935
 
Price, Vice Adm. John D.
USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air)
1948-1950
 
Pupin, Michael I.
Columbia University
1915-1922
 
Putt, Lt. Gen. Donald L.
USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff, Development
1949-1958
 
Pyle, James T.
Administrator of Civil Aeronautics
1937-1958
 
Quarles, Donald A.
Assistant Secretary of Defense
1954-1956
 
Radford, Vice Adm. Arthur W.
USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air)
1946-1947
 
Raymond, Dr. Arthur E.
Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc.
1946-1956
 
Reber, Lt. Col. Samuel
USA, OIC Aviation Section, Signal Corps
1915-1916
 
Reichelderfer, Dr. Francis W.
Chief, U.S. Weather Bureau
1939-1958
 
Rentzei, Delos W.
Administrator of Civil Aeronautics; Under Secretary of Commerce
1948-1951
 
Richardson, Capt. Holden C.
USN, Naval Constructor
1915-1917

 

[411]

 

Richardson, Rear Adm. Lawrence B.
USN, BuAer
1944-1946
 
Rickenbacker, Capt. Edward V.
Eastern Air Lines Inc.
1956-1958
 
Robins, Brig. Gen. Augustine W.
USA
1935-1939
 
Rothschild, Louis S.
Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation
1955-1958
 
Ryan, Oswald
Civil Aeronautics Board
1954
 
Sabine, Wallace C.
Bureau of Aircraft Production
1918
 
Saville, Maj. Gen. Gordon P.
USAF
1950-1951
 
Scriven, Brig. Gen. George P.
USA, Chief Signal Officer
1915-1917
 
Spaatz, Gen. Carl
USAF, Chief of Staff
1946-1948
 
Squier, Maj. Gen. George O.
USA, Chief Signal Officer
1916-1918
 
Stevens, Rear Adm. Leslie C.
USN, Assistant Chief, BuAer
1946-1947
 
Stratton, Samuel W.
Director, Bureau of Standards
1915-1931
 
Taylor, Rear Adm. David W.
USN, Chief Naval Constructor (civilian member from 1922)
1917-1938
 
Towers, Rear Adm. John H.
USN, Assistant and Chief, BuAer
1917-1919; 1929-1931; 1939-1942
 
Twining, Gen. Nathan F.
USAF, Chief of Staff
1954-1957
 
Vandenberg, Gen. Hoyt S.
USAF, Chief of Staff
1948-1950
 
Vidal, Eugene L.
Director, Bureau of Air Commerce
1933-1937
 
Walcott, Dr. Charles D.
Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
1915-1927
 
Warner, Dr. Edward P.
Aviation magazine; industry consultant; later, Civil Aeronautics Board
1929-1945

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Webster, William
Chairman, Research and Development Board
1950-1951
 
Westover, Maj. Gen. Oscar
USA, Chief of Air Corps
1936-1938
 
Wetmore. Dr. Alexander
Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
1945-1952
 
Weyerbacher, Cdr. Ralph D.
USN, BuAer
1934-1936
 
White, Gen. Thomas D.
USAF, Chief of Staff
1957-1958
 
Whitman. Walter G.
Chairman, Research and Development Board
1951-1953
 
Wright. Orville
Dayton, Ohio
1920-1948
 
Wright, Dr. Theodore P.
Director of Aircraft Production; Administrator of Civil Aeronautics; Cornell University
1942-1953

 

Source: Eugene M. Emme, Aeronautics and Astronautics: An American Chronology of Science and Technology in the Exploration of Space, 1915-1960 (Washington: NASA, 1961), pp. 202 205.

 

3. Executive Officers, NACA Headquarters

 

Director of Research
George W. Lewis, 1919-1947
Hugh L. Dryden, 1947-1958
 
Secretary/ Executive Secretary
John F. Victory, 1915-1958
 
Assistant Secretary and Executive Officer
Edward H. Chamberlin, 1918-1958


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George W. Lewis

Hugh L. Dryden

[413] 4. Growth of Langley Staff, 1919-1958

 

Fiscal Year

Professional

Nonprofessional

Total

.

1919

4

7

11

1920

12

15

27

1921

15

32

44

1922

18

38

56

1923

23

52

75

1924

36

62

98

1925

39

72

111

1926

44

92

136

1927

45

104

149

1928

60

108

168

1929

79

110

189

1930

100

128

228

1931

102

155

257

1932

111

159

270

1933

110

150

260

1934

109

140

249

1935

111

164

275

1936

138

203

341

1937

149

253

402

1938

166

260

426

1939

204

320

524

1940

277

462

739

1941

369

571

940

1942

439

804

1243

1943

594

1624

2218

1944

937

2351

3288

1945

832

2388

3220

1946

692

2005

2697

1947

734

2051

2785

1948

899

2070

2969

1949

1082

2183

3265

1950

1158

2230

3388

1951

1235

2276

3511

1952

1255

2302

3557

1953

1189

2171

3360

1954

1138

2134

3272

1955

1072

2067

3139

1956

1034

2222

3256

1957

1093

2114

3207

1958

1151

2145

3296

Source: NASA chart, "Growth of Langley's Staff," 16 September 1965, LaRC Historical Archives.

 

[414] 5. Langley Researchers

 

The following Langley researchers are mentioned in the text or notes of this book. In general, the list includes those researchers to whom more than mere passing reference is made. Some of the "researchers" included were in fact technical service employees who supported research.

 

 

Name & year of birth, College degree(s) & dates of Langley employment

 

 


[
415]

Flight crew in front of Fokker trimotor with experimental cowlings, 1929.

The flight crew in front of a Fokker trim tor with experimental NA CA cowlings, March 1929. Front row, left to right: John Spivey, John Haines, Robert Hunt, Charles Shobe, Melvin Gough, Samuel Eakin, Walter Quigley, Siegfried Hunsecker, and Frederick Hunsecker. Back row: "Mac" McConnaha, George Bylifant, William McAvoy, Thomas Carroll, Ernest Johnson, Charles Wolf, Raymond Braig and John Houston.

 

Name & year of birthCollege degree(s) & dates of Langley employment

 

 

[416] Name & year of birth, College degree(s) & dates of Langley employment

 

 


[
417]

Staff picnic at Grandview Beach on Chesapeake Bay, 1929.

A jousting contest was one o the highlights of the NACA's annual picnic at Grandview Beach on Chesapeake Bay in July 1929. On he barrel to the left is Edward R. "Ray" Sharp, a future engineer-in-charge of he NACA' Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Name & year of birth, College degree(s) & dates of Langley employment

 

 

[418] Name & year of birth, College degree(s) & dates of Langley employment

 

 

[419] Name & year of birth, College degree(s) & dates of Langley employment

 

 


[
420]

LMAL accounting office, 1986, with pictures of the Wright brothers on the wall.

LMAL accounting office, 1986, with pictures of the Wright brothers on the wall.


 

Name & year of birth, College degree(s) & dates of Langley employment

 

 

[421] Name & year of birth, College degree(s) & dates of Langley employment

 

 

[422] Name & year of birth, College degree(s) & dates of Langley employment

 

 


[
423]

Test pilots James B. Whitten (left) and John P. <<Jack>> Reeder prepare to investigate the handling qualities of a tandem helicopter in 1951.

Test pilots James B. Whitten (left) and John P. "Jack" Reeder prepare to investigate the handling qualities of a tandem helicopter in 1951.

 

 

Name & year of birth, College degree(s) & dates of Langley employment

 

[424] Name & year of birth, College degree(s) & dates of Langley employment

 

Source: NACA/NASA biographical files, LaRC Historical Archives.

 

6. Langley Officers at the End of the NACA Years

 

Director: Henry J. E. Reid
Associate Director: Floyd L. Thompson
Executive Assistant and Budget Officer: Rufus O. House
Chief, Research Reports Division: Henry A. Fedziuk
Assistant Director: John Stack
Chief, Compressibility Research Division: John V. Becker
Chief, Full-Scale Research Division: Eugene C. Draley
Chief, Theoretical Mechanics Division: Clinton E. Brown
Chief, Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel Division: Herbert A. Wilson, Jr.
Assistant Director: Robert R. Gilruth
Chief, Dynamic Loads Division: I. Edward Garrick
Chief, Pilotless Aircraft Research Division: Joseph A. Shortal
Chief, Structures Research Division: Richard R. Heldenfels
Assistant Director of Research: Hartley A. Soulé
[425] Chief, Flight Research Division: Melvin N. Gough
Chief, Hydrodynamics Division: John B. Parkinson
Chief, Stability Research Division: Thomas A. Harris
Chief, Instrument Research Division: Edmund C. Buckley
Chief of Technical Services: Percy J. Cram
Chief, Engineering Service Division: John C. Messick
Chief, Mechanical Service Division: William B. Mayo
Chief, Maintenance Division: Marvin Forrest
Chief, Electrical Services Division: Joseph Getsug
Chief, Administrative Services: Elton W. Miller
Fiscal Officer: Edward A. Howe
Chief, Office Services Division: Edward T. Maher
Personnel Officer: T. Melvin Butler
Chief, Photographic Division: Harry H. Hamilton
Procurement and Supply Officer: Sherwood L. Butler

 


John W. <<Gus>> Crowley, Edward H. Chamberlin, Smith J. DeFrance, Henry J. E. Reid, and Edward R. <<Roy>> Sharp , 1955.

From left to right, John W. "Gus" Crowley, Edward H. Chamberlin, Smith J. DeFrance, Henry J. E. Reid, and Edward R. "Roy" Sharp at the NACA's 40th anniversary party at the Smithsonian Institution, April 1955. At the time of this anniversary, the five men had a total of nearly 170 years NACA experience and three were laboratory directors: DeFrance (Ames), Reid (Langley), and Sharp (Lewis).


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