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Investigation of Flying Qualities on the Lockheed P-80A airplane plan view  Note:  Used in publication in Flight Research at Ames;  57 Years of Development and Validation of Aeronautical Technology ARC-1948-A-13091

Investigation of Flying Qualities on the Lockheed P-80A airplane plan ...

Investigation of Flying Qualities on the Lockheed P-80A airplane plan view Note: Used in publication in Flight Research at Ames; 57 Years of Development and Validation of Aeronautical Technology

Engine Research Building’s Central Control Room

Engine Research Building’s Central Control Room

Operators in the Engine Research Building’s Central Control Room at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The massive 4.25-acre Engine Research Building cont... more

NACA Photographer/Graphic Supersonic Research: Schlieren photograph of the flow around airplane models showing effect of Sweptback on Shock Waves - M =1.2  (composite of shadowgraph samples on sweptback and straight wings ARC-1948-A-13146-8

NACA Photographer/Graphic Supersonic Research: Schlieren photograph of...

NACA Photographer/Graphic Supersonic Research: Schlieren photograph of the flow around airplane models showing effect of Sweptback on Shock Waves - M =1.2 (composite of shadowgraph samples on sweptback and str... more

Entrance to the NACA's Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory

Entrance to the NACA's Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory

The sign near the entrance of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory. The name was changed several weeks later to the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in ... more

B-29 Superfortress with Ramjet Missile

B-29 Superfortress with Ramjet Missile

The NACA’s Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory used a Boeing B‒29 Superfortress as a testbed for ramjet investigations in the late 1940s. Lewis researchers conducted a wide variety of studies on ramjets to deter... more

NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) sign at entrance to Ames Laboratory ARC-1948-A-13425

NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) sign at entrance to...

NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) sign at entrance to Ames Laboratory

F-84F jet airplane in the Ames 40X80 foot wind tunnel.

F-84F jet airplane in the Ames 40X80 foot wind tunnel.

3/4 front view from below. Don Richey

Ames Aerial - 40x80ft wind tunnel ARC-1948-A-13516
NACA Ames Laboratory Building, South West.

NACA Ames Laboratory Building, South West.

NACA Ames 40x80 foot wind tunnel (South West). Don Richey

NACA Researcher Measures Ice on a Turbojet Engine Inlet

NACA Researcher Measures Ice on a Turbojet Engine Inlet

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory conducted an extensive icing research program in the late 1940s that included studies in the Icing Research Tunnel and u... more

D-558-1 on ramp with ground crew

D-558-1 on ramp with ground crew

Description (1949) In this NACA Muroc Flight Test Unit photograph taken in 1949, the Douglas D-558-1 is on the ramp at South Base, Edwards Air Force Base. Three members of the ground crew are seen poising again... more

First NACA test pilot: Howard Clifton Lilly

First NACA test pilot: Howard Clifton Lilly

Description: (1949) In August 1947, Howard Clifton Lilly became the first permanently assigned NACA engineering test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics' Muroc Flight Test Unit at what late... more

X-1-2 on Ramp with Boeing B-29

X-1-2 on Ramp with Boeing B-29

(1949) The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 sitting on the ramp at NACA High- Speed Flight Research Station with the Boeing B-29 launch ship behind. The B-29 was fondly referred to as "Fertile Myrtle." The paint... more

NACA High Speed Flight Station "Computer" Room

NACA High Speed Flight Station "Computer" Room

Description (1949) Early "computers" at work, summer 1949. In the terminology of that period, computers were employees--typically female--who performed the arduous task of transcribing raw data from roles of ce... more

NACA Muroc Employees With a Snowman

NACA Muroc Employees With a Snowman

Description (November 15, 1949) The late 1940s saw increased flight activity, and more women computers were needed at the NACA Muroc Flight Test Unit than the ones who had originally arrived in 1946. A call wen... more

Python Engine Installed in Altitude Wind Tunnel

Python Engine Installed in Altitude Wind Tunnel

Description (August 25, 1949) An engine mechanic checks instrumentation prior to an investigation of engine operating characteristics and thrust control of a large turboprop engine with counter-rotating propell... more

X-1-2 with Pilots Robert Champine Herb Hoover

X-1-2 with Pilots Robert Champine Herb Hoover

(September 1, 1949) The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 and two of the NACA pilots that flew the aircraft. The one on the left is Robert Champine with the other being Herbert Hoover. The X-1-2 was also equipped... more

Hugh L. Dryden

Hugh L. Dryden

Description: Dr. Hugh Latimer Dryden, had many titles after his name in his lifetime. In 1949 he became the director of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). Dr. Dryden received many accolades... more

Effect of TwinJet Exhausts in Simulation Take Off

Effect of TwinJet Exhausts in Simulation Take Off

Description (July 7, 1949) Study of effect of twin-jet exhausts inclined toward the ground in simulation of take-off conditions for certain engine installations. Such an engine installation is useful for decrea... more

D-558-2 being towed on lakebed

D-558-2 being towed on lakebed

Description (1949) In this 1949 photograph a D-558-2 is being towed across Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. The aircraft is still equipped with a jet engine, used for ground takeoffs. On the tail o... more

NACA Basketball Team

NACA Basketball Team

Description: (April 19, 1949) Members of NACA Glenn's recreational basketball team pose on the court. ..Identifier: C-2006-1794

Early NACA Human Computers at Work

Early NACA Human Computers at Work

Description (November 1949) The women of the Computer Department at NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station are shown busy with test flight calculations. The "computers" under the direction of Roxanah Yancey we... more

X-1-2 on ramp with pilots Robert Champine and Herb Hoover

X-1-2 on ramp with pilots Robert Champine and Herb Hoover

Description: (September 1949) The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 and two of the NACA pilots that flew the aircraft. The one on the viewer's left is Robert Champine with the other being Herbert Hoover. Champine... more

Analog Computing Machine in Fuel Systems Building

Analog Computing Machine in Fuel Systems Building

(September 28, 1949) Analog Computing Machine in the Fuel Systems Building. This is an early version of the modern computer. The device is located in the Engine Research Building at the Lewis Flight Propulsion ... more

16 Foot High Speed Tunnel

16 Foot High Speed Tunnel

Description (March 15, 1949) Photograph of the 16 Foot High Speed Tunnel at Langley with Building 1146 in foreground...Image # : L-64729

Manometer Board Setup in Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Manometer Board Setup in Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Description (February 24, 1949) Manometer Board Setup in the 18 x 18 inch Supersonic Wind Tunnel at Lewis...Image # : C-1949-23011

SWEPT-BACK WING. MODEL IN 6X6' W.T.

SWEPT-BACK WING. MODEL IN 6X6' W.T.

6x6 wind tunnel test on the effects of wing sweep. NASA

NACA Computers Take Readings From Manometer Boards

NACA Computers Take Readings From Manometer Boards

Female computers at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory copy pressure readings from rows of manometers below the 18- by 18-inch Supersonic Wind Tunnel. The ... more

Compressor Stage in the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Compressor Stage in the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

A technician at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory examines one of the massive axial-flow compressor stages that created the high-speed air flow through th... more

North American XF-82 Twin Mustang Prepares for Ramjet Test Flight

North American XF-82 Twin Mustang Prepares for Ramjet Test Flight

Pilot William Swann, right cockpit, prepares the North American XF-82 Twin Mustang for flight at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The aircraft was one o... more

NACA PHOTOGRAPHER George Cooper, Ames Test Pilot ARC-1949-A-14136B

NACA PHOTOGRAPHER George Cooper, Ames Test Pilot ARC-1949-A-14136B

NACA PHOTOGRAPHER George Cooper, Ames Test Pilot

George E. Cooper; Ames Test Pilot ARC-1949-A-14136-C
NACA PHOTOGRAPHER George Cooper, Ames Test Pilot ARC-1949-A-14136A

NACA PHOTOGRAPHER George Cooper, Ames Test Pilot ARC-1949-A-14136A

NACA PHOTOGRAPHER George Cooper, Ames Test Pilot

Body Mounted on RF-61-C Airplane in flight  Note: publiched in NASA SP Flight research at Ames; 57 Years of Development & Validation of Aeronautical Technology ' Transonic Model Testing' - fig. 12 ARC-1949-A-14294

Body Mounted on RF-61-C Airplane in flight Note: publiched in NASA SP...

Body Mounted on RF-61-C Airplane in flight Note: publiched in NASA SP Flight research at Ames; 57 Years of Development & Validation of Aeronautical Technology ' Transonic Model Testing' - fig. 12

8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel's Original Design

8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel's Original Design

Aerial view of the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel in its original configuration at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The 8- by 6 was the laboratory’... more

NACA Ames Research Center's 6x6ft Supersonic Wind Tunnel compressor, showing rotor blades ARC-1949-A-14376

NACA Ames Research Center's 6x6ft Supersonic Wind Tunnel compressor, s...

NACA Ames Research Center's 6x6ft Supersonic Wind Tunnel compressor, showing rotor blades

Python Turboprop Prepared for a Test in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

Python Turboprop Prepared for a Test in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

A 3670-horsepower Armstrong-Siddeley Python turboprop being prepared for tests in the Altitude Wind Tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. In 1947 L... more

Spray System Trials in the Icing Research Tunnel

Spray System Trials in the Icing Research Tunnel

The spray bar system introduces water droplets into the Icing Research Tunnel’s air stream at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The icing tunnel was desi... more

Reeves Electronic analog computer (REAC), Ames' first electronic computing machine, was acquired in 1949 to perform control simulation analysis. ARC-1949-A-14505

Reeves Electronic analog computer (REAC), Ames' first electronic compu...

Reeves Electronic analog computer (REAC), Ames' first electronic computing machine, was acquired in 1949 to perform control simulation analysis.

Computer Machine at the Instrument Shop

Computer Machine at the Instrument Shop

Technician at work adjusting an unidentified mechanical computing device.

NACA Engineers Calibrate the 2- by 2-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

NACA Engineers Calibrate the 2- by 2-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Engineers calibrate one of three small supersonic wind tunnels that were collectively referred to as the “Stack Tunnels” at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laborat... more

8 Foot High Speed Wind Tunnel

8 Foot High Speed Wind Tunnel

Description: (June 13, 1950) Because the slots he was designing opened directly into the 8 foot High Speed Tunnel's hazardous igloo-shaped test chamber, where high levels of pressure, temperature, and noise wou... more

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

General Medaris, (left) who was a Commander of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, during 1955 to 1958, shakes hands with Major General Holger Toftoy (right), who consolidated... more

Mercury capsule and escape system on top of a booster

Mercury capsule and escape system on top of a booster

This photograph shows the installation of a Mercury capsule and escape system on top of a booster prior to test firing of the Mercury-Redstone at Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC's) Redstone Test Stand. Ass... more

Wernher von Braun

Wernher von Braun

Dr. von Braun stands beside a model of the upper stage (Earth-returnable stage) of the three-stage launch vehicle built for the series of the motion picture productions of space flight produced by Walt Disney i... more

National Transonic Facility

National Transonic Facility

(1986-L-09574): Like the Full-Scale Tunnel in 1950, the NTF has been used to evaluate submarine hull designs for the Navy. The inverted position minimized adverse effects from the support stand.

E17 Drag Research Model

E17 Drag Research Model

Description: (September 8, 1950) Technician Durwood Dereng prepares to pull the external-power plug from an E17 drag-research model at Wallops, September 8, 1950...Center: GSFC WF .Image # : L-67386

Bumper V-2 Launch

Bumper V-2 Launch

(July 24, 1950) A new chapter in space flight began in July 1950 with the launch of the first rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida: the Bumper 8. Shown above, Bumper 8 was an ambitious two-stage rocket program t... more

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

As the nations missile and rocket program began to expand in the 50's, Huntsville, Alabama was the home to Redstone Arsenal and the famous team of rocket experts led by Dr. Wernher Von Braun. Soon Huntsville wa... more

Submarine in Full Scale Tunnel at NACA Langley

Submarine in Full Scale Tunnel at NACA Langley

In 1950 Langley tested the drag characteristics of what was then the world's fastest submarine, the Albacore, in the 30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel. Water and air are both essentially fluids of different densities. ... more

KOREA: NASA PAGTANKILIK NG NAGKAKAISANG BANSA!

KOREA: NASA PAGTANKILIK NG NAGKAKAISANG BANSA!

Propaganda Posters Distributed in Asia

Walter C. Williams with Brigadier General Albert Boyd

Walter C. Williams with Brigadier General Albert Boyd

Description: (1950) Walter C. Williams, (behind airplane model) Head of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Research Station at Edwards Air Force Base in California is examining a ... more

Theodore von Karman

Theodore von Karman

Full Description: (c. 1950)Dr. Theodore von Karman, co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Pasadena, California was an aeronautical theoretician. He was the first winner of the prestigious U.S. Medal... more

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Origin of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Five pioneers pose with scale models of their missiles they created in the 1950s. From left to right: Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, a member of the original German rocket team who directed the Research Projects Office,... more

Mercury Project

Mercury Project

A Mercury-Redstone launch vehicle awaits test-firing in the Redstone Test Stand during the late 1950s. Between 1953 and 1960, the rocket team at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama performed hundreds of tes... more

John Griffith casually leaning out the hatch of X-1 #2

John Griffith casually leaning out the hatch of X-1 #2

Description: (November 8, 1950) In this photo, NACA research pilot John Griffith is leaning out the hatch of the X-1 #2. Surrounding him (left to right) are Dick Payne, Eddie Edwards, and maintenance chief Clyd... more

19 foot Pressure Wind Tunnel

19 foot Pressure Wind Tunnel

Description (March 15, 1950) Guide vanes in the 19 foot Pressure Wind Tunnel at Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, form an ellipse 33 feet high and 47 feet wide. The 2... more

Hermes A-1 Test Rockets

Hermes A-1 Test Rockets

Full Description: The first Hermes A-1 test rocket was fired at White Sand Proving Ground (WSPG). Hermes was a modified V-2 German rocket, utilizing the German aerodynamic configuration; however, internally it ... more

Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn Apollo Program

This historical photograph is of the Apollo Space Program Leaders. An inscription appears at the top of the image that states, “Our deep appreciation for your outstanding contribution to the success of Apollo ... more

J-47 Engine

J-47 Engine

Description A technician works on a J-47 engine with NACA plug nozzle in tank. Date unknown.

11-Inch Hypersonic Tunnel

11-Inch Hypersonic Tunnel

(L-63886): Pictured with the 11-Inch Hypersonic Tunnel is a key person who championed its design and construction, John V. Becker. He helped lead some of America’s most important early research into ultra-high-... more

Early Rockets

Early Rockets

Test firing of a Redstone Missile at Redstone Test Stand in the early 1950's. The Redstone was a high-accuracy, liquid-propelled, surface-to-surface missile developed by the von Braun Team under the management ... more

D-558-2 in flight with F-86 chase

D-558-2 in flight with F-86 chase

Description (1950) This 1950s photograph shows the Douglas D-558-2 and the North American F-86 Sabre chase aircraft in-flight. Both aircraft display early examples of sweptwing airfoils. The Douglas D-558-2 "Sk... more

9-Inch Supersonic Tunnel

9-Inch Supersonic Tunnel

(L-53778): This 3-inch long Bell XS-2 is typical of the models tested in the 9-Inch SWT.

NACA photographer Portrait: Russell Robinson ARC-1950-A-14782

NACA photographer Portrait: Russell Robinson ARC-1950-A-14782

NACA photographer Portrait: Russell Robinson

NACA photographer Portrait: Russell Robinson ARC-1950-A-14783

NACA photographer Portrait: Russell Robinson ARC-1950-A-14783

NACA photographer Portrait: Russell Robinson

Camera Installation on a Beach AT-11

Camera Installation on a Beach AT-11

Researchers at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory conducted an extensive investigation into the composition of clouds and their effect on aircraft icing. T... more

Early Rockets

Early Rockets

Bumper Wac liftoff at the Long Range Proving Ground located at Cape Canaveral, Florida. At White Sands, New Mexico, the German rocket team experimented with a two-stage rocket called Bumper Wac, which intended ... more

Ames hi-speed research schematic drawing of the Supersonic Free Flight  Tunnel (SSFFT) ARC-1950-A-15058

Ames hi-speed research schematic drawing of the Supersonic Free Flight...

Ames hi-speed research schematic drawing of the Supersonic Free Flight Tunnel (SSFFT)

NACA Technician Cleans a Ramjet in 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

NACA Technician Cleans a Ramjet in 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

A technician at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory cleans the pitot tube on a 16-inch diameter ramjet in the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel. Pitot tub... more

A-15209. High Lift and Stall Control in Ames 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel.

A-15209. High Lift and Stall Control in Ames 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel.

Investigation of High Lift and Stall Control on 45 deg. 3/4 front view Sweptback Cambered and Twisted Wing, in Ames 40x80 foot Wind Tunnel.

A-15219. Balance House for the 40x80-foot Wind Tunnel Control Room.

A-15219. Balance House for the 40x80-foot Wind Tunnel Control Room.

40x80 wind tunnel manometers control room at NACA's Ames Research Center. Control panel (called the bench board) showing five of the seven scale heads which measured the forces on the model (ie. Lift, drag, si... more

NACA Study of Crash Fires with a Fairchild C-82 Packet

NACA Study of Crash Fires with a Fairchild C-82 Packet

Researchers at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory purposely crash a Fairchild C-82 Packet aircraft to study flame propagation. A rash of passenger aircraft... more

Early Rockets

Early Rockets

A Bumper Wac, a combination the V-2 rocket with a WAC Corporal upper stage, awaits launch on July 24, 1950. It was the eighth in the Bumper Project and the vehicle reached the altitude of 393 kilometers. The Bu... more

Measurement of Vibrations from the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Measurement of Vibrations from the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Reverend Henry Birkenhauer and E.F. Carome measure ground vibrations on West 220th Street caused by the operation of the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (N... more

Aileron control; EYF-84 (No. 559488)  airplane, differential pressure. The P-84A had a climbing tendency starting at March 0.78. ARC-1950-A-15464

Aileron control; EYF-84 (No. 559488) airplane, differential pressure....

Aileron control; EYF-84 (No. 559488) airplane, differential pressure. The P-84A had a climbing tendency starting at March 0.78.

Noise Suppression Addition to the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Noise Suppression Addition to the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

The 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory was the largest supersonic wind tunnel in the nation at the time and the only... more

NACA photograpehr Drop 2 SI-2 body in free fall flight  (SI-II missile) ARC-1950-A-15481

NACA photograpehr Drop 2 SI-2 body in free fall flight (SI-II missile...

NACA photograpehr Drop 2 SI-2 body in free fall flight (SI-II missile)

Supersonic Free flight Wind tunnel model construction and firing techniques; separation of model and finger type sabot ARC-1950-A-15590

Supersonic Free flight Wind tunnel model construction and firing techn...

Supersonic Free flight Wind tunnel model construction and firing techniques; separation of model and finger type sabot

Impeller Creation at the Fabrication Shop

Impeller Creation at the Fabrication Shop

A mechanic and apprentice work on a wooden impeller in the Fabrication Shop at the NACA Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The 260-person Fabrication Division created almost all of the equipment and models use... more

RM-10 Research Model

RM-10 Research Model

(February 6, 1951) Technician Durwood Dereng measures elevation of double Deacon booster prior to launch of RM-10 research model at Wallops, February 6, 1951...Image # : L-69519

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Description (May 5, 1951) North American XP-82 (XF-82) Twin Mustang: In the early 1950s, the NACA used this XP-82 Twin Mustang for its drop-body tests. A test body is shown in the rack underneath the Twin Musta... more

11-Inch Hypersonic Tunnel

11-Inch Hypersonic Tunnel

(L-70438): Pictured with the 11-Inch Hypersonic Tunnel is a key person who championed its design and construction, Charles H. McLellan. He helped lead some of America’s most important early research into ultra-... more

Differential Analyzer

Differential Analyzer

Description (June 5, 1951) Differential Analyzer built under Mergler in Instrument Research. The technician is preparing a data report. This equipment is located at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory, LFPL,... more

When was the last time YOU broke the sound barrier?

When was the last time YOU broke the sound barrier?

Description: (September 27, 1951) NACA Test Pilot George Cooper was incredibly accomplished -- he flew 81 combat missions in Europe during World War II, including a mission over Normandy and the Battle of the B... more

Supersonic Free Flight Wind Tunnel 620 gun and model; model, sabot and cartridge assembly and ready for firing in the supersonic free flight tunnel ARC-1951-A-15768

Supersonic Free Flight Wind Tunnel 620 gun and model; model, sabot and...

Supersonic Free Flight Wind Tunnel 620 gun and model; model, sabot and cartridge assembly and ready for firing in the supersonic free flight tunnel

Arrival of Equipment for the New Propulsion Systems Laboratory

Arrival of Equipment for the New Propulsion Systems Laboratory

A caravan of large steel castings arrived at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in January 1951. These pieces would serve as the two 14-foot diameter test ... more

Construction of the Propulsion Systems Laboratory No. 1 and 2

Construction of the Propulsion Systems Laboratory No. 1 and 2

Construction of the Propulsion Systems Laboratory No. 1 and 2 at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. When it began operation in late 1952, the Propulsion S... more

Saturn I - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn I - Saturn Apollo Program

The photograph shows the completed Saturn 1 S-1 stage (booster) during the checkout in the Marshall Space Flight Center, building 4705, January 23, 1961. The Saturn I S-I stage had eight H-1 engines clustered, ... more

NACA Researcher Examines the Cyclotron

NACA Researcher Examines the Cyclotron

Researcher James Blue examines the new cyclotron at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. Researchers at NACA Lewis began postulating about the use of atomic... more

Manometer Boards below the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Manometer Boards below the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Analysts at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory take data readings from rows of manometers in the basement of the 8- by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel. Manom... more

NACA Computer at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

NACA Computer at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

A female computer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory with a slide rule and Friden adding machine to make computations. The computer staff was introduced... more

Duke of Windsor Visits the Lewis Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory

Duke of Windsor Visits the Lewis Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory

Edward Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the Duke of Windsor, visits the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. He is seen in this photograph shaking hands wi... more

Dr. Igor Sikorsky Visits the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Igor Sikorsky Visits the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Igor Sikorsky, fourth from the left, visits the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. The legendary Russian-born aviation pioneer visited ... more

Harry Mergler with His Modified Differential Analyzer

Harry Mergler with His Modified Differential Analyzer

Harry Mergler stands at the control board of a differential analyzer in the new Instrument Research Laboratory at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The d... more

Lockheed 12A ground tests of cellular type heated wing ARC-1951-AAL-1382

Lockheed 12A ground tests of cellular type heated wing ARC-1951-AAL-13...

Lockheed 12A ground tests of cellular type heated wing

New Set of Fan Blades for the Altitude Wind Tunnel

New Set of Fan Blades for the Altitude Wind Tunnel

New wooden fan blades being prepared for installation in the Altitude Wind Tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. The facility underwent a major upg... more

Ames Pilot George Cooper (l) and Ames Director Smith DeFrance discuss F-86 flight test ARC-1969-A-16539

Ames Pilot George Cooper (l) and Ames Director Smith DeFrance discuss ...

Ames Pilot George Cooper (l) and Ames Director Smith DeFrance discuss F-86 flight test

YF-93A (AF48-318 NACA-151) Flight evaluation and comparison of a NACA submerged  inlet and a scoop inlet.  The YF-93A's were the first aircraft to use flush NACA engine inlets. Note:  Used in  Flight Research at Ames;  57 Years of Development and Validation of Aeronautical Technology NASA SP-1998-3300   Fig.25 ARC-1969-A-16545

YF-93A (AF48-318 NACA-151) Flight evaluation and comparison of a NACA ...

YF-93A (AF48-318 NACA-151) Flight evaluation and comparison of a NACA submerged inlet and a scoop inlet. The YF-93A's were the first aircraft to use flush NACA engine inlets. Note: Used in Flight Research a... more

Mrs. George Lewis and Family Visit the Laboratory

Mrs. George Lewis and Family Visit the Laboratory

Myrtle Lewis and three of her sons visit the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. The Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory was renamed in Le... more