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Dates:
1913
Level:
file
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0494
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Collection ID:
Record Unit 45
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Collection ID:
Record Unit 46
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. The predecessor of NASA, the Committee was in part based on work performed by the Smithsonian at its Langley Aerodynamical Laboratory before World War I. The Secretary of the Institution was an ex officio member of its board.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Libraries. Langley Aeronautical Library
Dates:
1910, 1913, 1930-1937, 1953
Size:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Collection ID:
Accession 10-075
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records documenting the administration of the Langley Aeronautical Library and its relations with the Library of Congress. Records also document the reestablishment of the Langley Aerodynamical Laboratory in 1913 and the awarding of the Langley Medal. Materials include correspondence, reports, clippings, and announce...

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary
Dates:
1890-1929
Size:
57.93 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes) (104 document boxes) (2 half document boxes) (1 12x17 box) (oversize materials)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 45
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This record unit documents the growth and management of the Smithsonian from 1890 to 1929. Of special interest is the Institution's entry into the field of the fine arts through the creation of the National Gallery of Art and the Freer Gallery of Art. The Smithsonian continued to pursue a wide variety of other interests as well. Thus, the...

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Creators:
Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906
Dates:
1891-1914
bulk 1891-1900
Size:
24.28 Cubic feet (64 boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0494
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection includes information about Samuel P. Langley and his colleagues, as well as documentation of Langley's work. The collection includes biographies of Langley and his assistant Charles Manly, newspaper clippings, correspondence, manuscripts regarding Langley's aircraft, photographs and drawings, work requisitions for the Aerodromes, a sketchbook, specifications and measurements for Langley's experiments, the Langley Memoirs on Mechanical Flight and the Langley "Waste Books."

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Creators:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center
Dates:
1964-1972
Size:
5.85 Cubic feet (13 boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0104
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

The supercritical wing concept was developed by Dr. Richard T. Whitcomb of the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Whitcomb's airfoil was designed to delay formation of shock waves at high speeds.

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