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Engineer In Charge, A History of the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, 1917-1958 [Paperback]

James R. Hansen


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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insights into the nature of aeronautical R&D 19 April 2002
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This is a first rate scholarly study of the the oldest aeronautics laboratory in the United States. Its strength rests in its understanding of how scientific and engineering research really works. It's a very dynamic story with wonderful depictions of some of the most colorful research personalities in the history of American aeronautics, e.g., Eastman Jacobs, Fred Weick, Germany's own Max Munk, John Stack. Hansen's sequel to this book, entitled SPACEFLIGHT REVOLUTION, is even better.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for the Aerospace Engineer or Anyone Interested in Technical Details. 22 Aug 2014
By Zane R. Nobbs - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent publication for ideas and projects by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics - NACA, predecessor to the National Air and Space Administration - NASA from the beginning of aviation to the early jet age. Very technical and detail oriented so if you have a background in aviation it can be very interesting, however, if you are not familiar with such details it might not be so interesting. As a reference a great book as reading material, again very, very technical. The book is well worth the price if you can find it. There is some history of the research personalities and overall progress with the NACA including the airfoils that were used internationally because of the trust and detailed research. Major aviation producer nations such as Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Romania, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA and others utilized the research of the NACA in addition to their own as supplemental or even as a superior reference.

In deed an excellent reference for research and fact finding on various wing types, engines, airfoils, airflow and testing of almost every sort. We use this material at the International Resin Modellers Association (internationalresinmodellers.com) to make sure our kits for aircraft are as accurate as possible in the 1/72 scale resin format.
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