SP-4305 ENGINEER IN CHARGE
The youthful engineer-in-charge Henry J.E.Reid sits at his desk, April 1928.
Establishing the NACA.
Research by Committee.
Building the Laboratory.
Langley Personality, Formative Years
Specialization and Innovation.
The Product of Environment.
The Variable-Density Wind Tunnel.
The Development of Wind Tunnel Technology.
NACA Wind Tunnel No. 1.
The Method of Airfoil Research.
The Revolt Against Miink.
With a View to Practical Solutions
The Mind's Eye.
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.
The Cowling Program: Experimental Impasse and Beyond
Momentum or Inertia?.
Evaluation of the Research Method.
The Challenge of Teamwork
Surviving Political Threats.
Annual Aircraft Engineering Conferences.
Relations with the Military.
The Case of the Sperry Messenger.
Reporting Test Results.
Significance of RA 83.
The Priorities of World War II.
The NACA Perceives European Threat.
Meeting Manpower Needs after Pearl Harbor.
Exploring Unknown Technology: The Case of Jet Propulsion
Reevaluating Buckingham's Conclusion.
The Durand Special Committee.
Jacobs's Concept for a Research Airplane.
The Campini Project Dies.
Turbojet Revolution Upheld.
The Transonic Problem
The "Sound Barrier".
Stack Gets Go-Ahead.
Defining the Research Airplane
Working for Procurement.
The Bell XS-1.
Jones's Swept-Wing Concept.
The Douglas D-558.
Feasibility of a Supersonic Ramjet.
Flight Tests of the XS-1.
The Slotted Tunnel and the Area Rule
Achieving a Transonic Tunnel.
Mathematical Analysis and First Test Programs.
Accidental Discovery, Deliberate Debate.
Whitcomb's First Clue.
Verification and Application.
The Engineer as Artist.
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.
A Technical Debate with Ames Laboratory.
The Last NACA Conference on High-Speed Aerodynamics.
A Special Note on Appendixes
Law Establishing the NACA
Guide to NACA Historical Sources at Langley