SP-4305 ENGINEER IN CHARGE

 

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The youthful engineer-in-charge Henry J.E.Reid sits at his desk, April 1928.

The youthful engineer-in-charge Henry J.E.Reid sits at his desk, April 1928.

 

Illustrations.
 
Foreword.
 
Acknowledgments.
 
Introduction.
 
1. Foundations
Establishing the NACA.
Research by Committee.
Building the Laboratory.
Construction Bottleneck.
Dedication.
 

2. Langley Personality, Formative Years.

Management.
The Family.
Specialization and Innovation.
The Product of Environment.

 

3. The Variable-Density Wind Tunnel.
The Development of Wind Tunnel Technology.
NACA Wind Tunnel No. 1.
Max Munk.
Simultaneous Discovery.
The Method of Airfoil Research.
VDT Testing.
The Revolt Against Miink.
Complexities.

 

4. With a View to Practical Solutions.
The Mind's Eye.
Tunnel Turbulence.
FST vs. VDT Debate.
The Jacobs-Theodorsen Rivalry.
Jacobs Campaigns for Low-Turbulence VDT.
In Search of the Laminar-Flow Airfoil.
Postscript to VDT History.

 

5. The Cowling Program: Experimental Impasse and Beyond.
Parameter Variation.
Momentum or Inertia?.
Analytical Help.
Evaluation of the Research Method.

 

6. The Challenge of Teamwork.
Surviving Political Threats.
Satisfying Industry.
Annual Aircraft Engineering Conferences.
Relations with the Military.
Borrowed Airplanes.
The Case of the Sperry Messenger.
Reporting Test Results.
Significance of RA 83.

 

7. The Priorities of World War II.
The NACA Perceives European Threat.
Expansion.
Drag Cleanup.
Meeting Manpower Needs after Pearl Harbor.
Irreversible Changes.
 
 
8. Exploring Unknown Technology: The Case of Jet Propulsion.
Conventional Wisdom.
Reevaluating Buckingham's Conclusion.
The Durand Special Committee.
Jacobs's Concept for a Research Airplane.
The Campini Project Dies.
Turbojet Revolution Upheld.
 
 
9. The Transonic Problem.
The "Sound Barrier".
Stack Gets Go-Ahead.
Stopgap Methods.
 

10. Defining the Research Airplane.

Working for Procurement.
The Bell XS-1.
Jones's Swept-Wing Concept.
Frustrations.
The Douglas D-558.
Feasibility of a Supersonic Ramjet.
Flight Tests of the XS-1.
Supersonic Flight.
Ironies.
 
 
11. The Slotted Tunnel and the Area Rule.
Model Support.
Achieving a Transonic Tunnel.
Mathematical Analysis and First Test Programs.
Accidental Discovery, Deliberate Debate.
Surprising Announcement.
Whitcomb's First Clue.
Eureka!.
Verification and Application.
The Engineer as Artist.

 

12. Hypersonics and the Transition to Space.
An 11-Inch Pilot Tunnel.
The Brown-Zimmerman-O'Sullivan Study.
Concepts for a Hypersonic Research Airplane.
The North American X-15.
Project HYWARDS.
A Technical Debate with Ames Laboratory.
Sputnik.
The Last NACA Conference on High-Speed Aerodynamics.
 
 
Epilogue.

 

Appendixes - A Special Note on Appendixes.
A. Law Establishing the NACA.
B. Personnel.
C. Budget.
D. Facilities.
E. Aircraft.
F. Organization.
 
Notes.
 
Guide to NACA Historical Sources at Langley.
 
Index.

Author

 


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