On March 3, 2015, NASA celebrates 100 years since the founding of the National Advisor Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which is NASA’s predecessor. Founded in 1915, NACA sought to develop the capabilities that would allow our nation to become a world leader in aeronautics. With only a small budget, NACA was able to develop a variety of technological breakthroughs including engine cowlings, retractable landing gears, jet engine compressors and turbines.
In the 1950’s, the nation began looking toward space and NACA was soon transitioned into a new agency. On October 1, 1958, NACA’s 7,500 employees became the first employees of NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Today, NASA continues to grow our nation’s aerospace industry as we continue to look toward space. Just as NACA did in 1915, NASA continues to find solutions to the challenges within the aerospace industry.