On March 3 and 4, NASA and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum are hosting “The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development.” This event is open to the public and is being held at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. and broadcast on NASA TV. The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) is the predecessor of NASA and was founded on March 3, 1915.
Welcoming remarks on March 3 were made by J.R. Dailey, Director of the National Air & Space Museum, and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in the Moving Beyond Earth Gallery at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. It was noted by Mr. Dailey that the first advocate and chairman of the NACA happened to be Charles D. Walcott, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
Charles Bolden commented, “Both NASA and the NACA have had a long and fruitful relationship with the Smithsonian which is literally on display around us.”