Happy Birthday NACA! NASA’s parent celebrates 100 years
Before there were spaceships and NASA, there were daring young pilots and the flying machines of NACA, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, later to become NASA.
NACA was created by the US Congress on March 3, 1915 to oversee the new aeronautics industry. Even though the Wright brothers had flown the first powered airplane in 1903, Americans in 1915 were more interested in the Model T automobile than in the novel invention called the “aeroplane.” World events would soon change all that.