Technicians prepare for a test.
Credit: Bill Bowles
In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, a manometer board is setup in the supersonic wind tunnel on Feb. 24, 1949.
The National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) was a precursor to NASA. NACA was created by Congress in 1915.
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