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Watch NASA's 100-Year NACA Symposium Live Online Today

Test Pilots at a National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics facility
This photo, taken in 1945, shows test pilots Mel Gough, Herb Hoover, Jack Reeder, Steve Cavallo and Bill Gray at a National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics facility. (Image credit: NASA)

NASA is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of its predecessor, NACA — the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics — and you can watch the celebration live online today (March 4).

The NACA celebration kicked off Tuesday, but NASA will host another full day of panels and speakers discussing the history and future of the space agency. Today's panels include a keynote speech by John D. Anderson, of the National Air and Space Museum, a panel about NACA research and another about "the next assignment." Watch those NACA panels and others live on via NASA TV starting at 9:10 a.m. EST (1410 GMT).

"The NACA was formed because our nation's leaders were concerned the U.S. was losing its edge in aviation technology to Europe, where World War 1 was raging on," NASA administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. "Its mission, in part, was to 'supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight with a view to their practical solution.' As you all know, we not only regained that edge, but we became the world leaders in civil aviation."

Check out the full schedule of events below. All times in EST.

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9:15 – 10:00

Keynote Address:


The NACA in the 1930’s – Trailblazing the Technical World of Aerodynamics — John D. Anderson, National Air and Space Museum

10:00 – 11:45

Key Aspects of NACA Research


Moderator: Michael J. Neufeld, National Air and Space Museum

The NACA and Research Policy at the Hands of History — Robert Ferguson, Independent Researcher

Epochs of Space Technology at NASA: NACA to OART and Beyond — John C. Mankins, Artemis Innovation Management Solutions, LLC

Women of NACA: STEM Stories to Inspire Future Generations — Adrienne Provenzano, STEAM Educator

The NACA at Lewis Laboratory, a Legacy of Ohioans Solving the Problem of Flight — Shannon Bohle, Archivopedia, LLC

1:00 – 3:00



Moderator: F. Robert van der Linden, National Air and Space Museum

The NACA Transition to Space: Validating the Blunt Body — Glenn Bugos, NASA Ames Research Center

Reaction Control Systems and the NACA — Christian Gelzer, NASA Armstrong Research Center

Tin Soldiers and Glass Slippers: How Postwar Competition Sailplane Development Shifted from America to Europe — Russell Lee, National Air and Space Museum

Towards Victory: NACA Public Relations on the Coattails of the Cold War, 1946-1958 — Kristen Starr, Auburn University

3:30 – 5:00

The Next Assignment: A Panel Discussion 


Chair: Peter Jakab, National Air and Space Museum

Mark Lewis, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute

Janet Bednarek, University of Dayton

Peter Westwick, University of Southern California

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