Saturday, May 17, 2014

Retro Saturday: Langley's 50th Year 1917-1967

Click the arrow to watch the video. Video source: wdtvlive42 YouTube channel.

This week's Retro Saturday film is a 14-minute NASA Aeronautics and Space Report on the 50th anniversary of the Langley Research Center. The film was released in 1967; Langley began in 1917.

One of NASA's oldest centers, it was inherited when the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics was merged into the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration in October 1958. In 1934, Langley opened the world's largest wind tunnel at the time.

The film is introduced by Paul Garber, who was curator of the National Air and Space Museum. The museum shown in the film is not the current one on the National Mall, which opened in 1976.

There's also an interview with aviation pioneer General Jimmy Doolittle.

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