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Space History Photo: Lawrence Clousing with a Lockheed P-80

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A pilot prepares to test a Lockheed P-80 aircraft. (Image credit: NACA)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, test pilot Lawrence A. Clousing climbs into his Lockheed P-80 aircraft on Jan. 1, 1948, for a test flight at the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffett Field, California.

The National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) was a precursor to NASA. NACA was created by Congress in 1915.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the U.S. government agency in charge of the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.