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Remembering The Innovations Of NASA’s Predecessor — The NACA

Before NASA, there was the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. NASA’s chief historian, Bill Barry, tells Houston Matters about the innovations in aerospace the NACA made that flowed into the innovations made by NASA, many of which happened right here in Houston.

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Logo
The logo for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor of NASA.

NASA just turned 100 – well kind of. The organization that became NASA – the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA – was created 100 years ago in March.

Most of us tend to know plenty about NASA and how it gave rise to Houston being known as “Space City.” But what about the organization that gave rise to it?

Well, the NACA was responsible for plenty of innovations in aerospace that flowed into the innovations made by NASA, many of which happened right here in Houston.

We hear the story of the NACA from NASA’s chief historian, Bill Barry.

NACA's First Meeting
The first meeting of the NACA in 1915.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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