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NASA and NACA Center Directors

Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, California)


Armstrong Flight Research Center (various names under the NACA and until 1976; facility under Ames 1981-1994)

  • Walter C. Williams , Sep. 30, 1946-Aug. 28, 1959: Supervisor, NACA Muroc Flight Test Unit, September 1946-Fall 1949; Supervisor, NACA High Speed Flight Research Station, Fall 1949-July 1, 1954; Director, NACA High Speed Flight Station, July 1, 1954-Sept. 15, 1959
  • Paul F. Bikle , Sep. 15, 1959-May 31, 1971
  • De E. Beeler (Acting Director), Jun. 1, 1971-Oct. 11, 1971
  • Lee R. Scherer, Oct. 11, 1971-Jan. 19, 1975
  • David R. Scott, Apr. 18, 1975-Oct. 30, 1977
  • Isaac T. Gillam (Acting Director), Oct. 30, 1977-Jun. 18, 1978
  • Isaac T. Gillam, Jun. 18, 1978-Oct. 1, 1981
  • John A. Manke, Director of Flight Operations, Ames Research Center (after Dryden was consolidated with Ames as the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility), Oct. 1, 1981-Apr. 27, 1984
  • Martin Knutson, Director of Flight Operations and Site Director, Ames-Dryden FRF, May 1984-Dec. 2, 1990
  • Kenneth J. Szalai (Facility Director), Dec. 3, 1990-Mar. 1, 1994
  • Kenneth J. Szalai (Center Director), Mar. 1, 1994-July 31, 1998
  • Kevin L. Petersen (Acting Director), August 1, 1998-February 7, 1999
  • Kevin L. Petersen (Center Director), February 8, 1999-April 3, 2009
  • David D. McBride (Acting Director), April 4, 2009-January 3, 2010
  • David D. McBride (Center Director), January 4, 2010-

Electronics Research Center (Cambridge, Massachusetts)


Glenn (formerly Lewis) Research Center (Cleveland, Ohio)


Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Maryland)

Goddard Space Flight Center Directors' Home page

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, California)


Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas)

Johnson Space Center Directors' Home page

Kennedy Space Center, Florida


Langley Research Center (Hampton, Virginia)

  • Leigh M. Griffith,(Engineer-in-Charge, NACA LMAL, Nov. 1, 1922-Dec. 31, 1925
  • Henry J.E. Reid , January 1, 1926-May 20, 1960: Engineer-in-Charge, NACA LMAL, Jan. 1, 1926-June 1947; Director, NACA LMAL, June 1947-May 1948; Director, NACA LAL, May 1948-October 1, 1958; Director LaRC, October 1, 1958-May 20, 1960
  • Floyd L. Thompson , May 23, 1960-May 1, 1968
  • Edgar M. Cortright , May 1, 1968-September 26, 1975
  • Donald P. Hearth, September 26, 1975-November 30, 1984
  • Richard H. Peterson, December 3, 1984-December 2, 1991
  • Paul F. Holloway, October 15, 1991-August 2, 1996
  • Jeremiah F. Creedon, August 5, 1996-June 15, 2002
  • Delma C. Freeman, Jr. (Acting Director), June 15, 2002-June 13 2003
  • Roy D. Bridges, June 13, 2003-October 3, 2005
  • Lesa B. Roe, October 3, 2005-

Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, Alabama)


Stennis Space Center (Bay St. Louis, Mississippi)


Wallops Flight Facility (Wallops Island, Virginia)

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