On March 3rd, 2015, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and the NASA History Program Office hosted a special symposium to commemorate a century of aerospace research and development. A speakers panel was convened to discuss the years prior to the establishment of the NACA featuring the following panelists:
Moderator: NASA Chief Historian – William P. Barry, NASA Headquarters
Flight Not Improbable: Octave Chanute tackles aeronautics as a civil engineer — Simine Short, National Soaring Museum
False Start: The Langley Aerodynamical Laboratory, 1911-1915 — Tom D. Crouch, National Air and Space Museum
The US Military and the Creation of the NACA — Laurence Burke, Carnegie Mellon University
The NACA Centenary program was presented as part of a symposium by the National Air and Space Museum and the NASA History Program Office in commemoration of the aerospace research and development that has occurred in the 100 years since the NACA was established.