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Collier Awards

NACA/NASA Research and Development Projects
Receiving the Robert J. Collier Trophy


For more detailed information about NACA and NASA Collier Trophy winners, please see From Engineering Science to Big Science, a NASA History Division publication edited by Pamela E. Mack.

Robert J. Collier Trophy

  • Established 1911.
  • Awarded by the National Aeronautic Association.
  • Given annually for great achievement in aeronautics and astronautics in America.
  • Oriented toward recognizing advances in the performance, efficiency, or safety of air or space vehicles.

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Award Winners

  • 1929: NACA for the development of low-drag cowling for radial air-cooled aircraft engines.
  • 1946: Lewis A. Rodert of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory for the development of an efficient wing deicing system.
  • 1947: John Stack of Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory for research to determine the physical laws affecting supersonic flight. Lawrence D. Bell and Chuck Yeager also shared in this trophy for their work on supersonic flight.
  • 1951: John Stack and associates at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory for the development and use of the slotted-throat wind tunnel.
  • 1954: Richard Travis Whitcomb of Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory for the development of the Whitcomb area rule, according to the citation, a "powerful, simple, and useful method of reducing greatly the sharp increase in wing drag heretofore associated with transonic flight, and which constituted a major factor requiring great reserves of power to attain supersonic speeds."

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Award Winners


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