THE HIGH SPEED
- - Foreword -
- [v] It is refreshing
as well as unusual to find such an account as this of past
technical programs that were so important to aeronautical
progress. The author deals not only with the research in which he
was intimately involved but also with the personalities of the
participants and the doubts, false starts, and misconceptions that
occurred before the final solutions were achieved.
- In my view, the flavor imparted to these
case histories by the very personal impressions of the impact of
certain of the key players is a necessary ingredient in getting to
the bottom line of how and why things worked the way they did in
the prime years of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
- Each of the four programs described grew
from small beginnings in the third and fourth decades of this
century to become substantial elements of the NACA contribution to
the achievement of high-subsonic and transonic flight. All of the
programs had been essentially completed by the time of the
termination of NACA in 1958 and the transition to NASA.
- WILLIAM S. AIKEN, JR.
- Office of Space Technology
- National Aeronautics and
- Space Administration