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How'd you like to be paid to crash airplanes?
That's the subject of this week's Retro Saturday.
NACA Crash Fire Research is a 38-minute 1952 documentary by NASA's predecessor. The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics was created in 1915 by Congress as an independent agency in response to the perception that Europe had advanced ahead of the United States in airplane technology. The NACA reported directly to the President.
This 1952 film is a classic example of how the NACA conducted research that could be shared with the private sector to develop more advanced aircraft.
The NACA was folded into NASA in 1958, along with various non-military aerospace research programs from the Department of Defense. The first “A” in NASA is Aeronautics, continuing to this day the work of its predecessor.