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NACA Reunion XII

Background

Welcome to a report on the successfully completed NACA Reunion XII. Once again we gathered to renew acquaintances and to celebrate our careers in the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which transitioned to NASA almost 50 years ago on October 1, 1958. We celebrated the 12th & Final NACA Reunion here at the NASA Langley Research Center, which was established as the first NACA facility in 1917 as the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. NACA Reunion XII was co-sponsored by the NASA Langley Research Center & the Langley Alumni Association and was held in Hampton, Virginia, May 2-4, 2008. The 360 attendees from over 30 States all seemed to have a great time. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin gave a powerful speech recognizing the keyt contributions of the NACA at the opening ceremony in the H.J.E. Reid Center at the NASA Langley Research Center. Over 300 attended the event and heard impressive presentations from NASA Langley Center Director Lesa Roe, and Air Force Vice Commander Jeffrey Prichard of the First Fighter Wing. Reunion Chairman Duncan McIver presented the NASA Administrator with a plaque from NACA congratulating NASA's 50th Anniversary, October 1, 2008. The Administrator said he would hang the plaque in a prominent place in NASA Headquarters. Jo Dibella, who attended this event, organized the first Reunion, attended by 611 people, and held in 1976. Jo ended her career as the secretary to Dr. Hugh Dryden, the last NACA Director and the first Deputy Administrator of NASA. We all owe Jo a word of thanks for her inspired creation. Subsequent Reunions, on a more or less regular basis, commenced in 1982. Peak attendance of 810 people occurred for the 1988 Reunion IV held in San Jose. The previous Reunion XI was held at Ames Research Center in 2005 and attracted over 300 attendees. The following pages describe the events & tours the attendees enjoyed. We also provide a list of people who attended Reunion XII. Our Planning Committee members were proud to serve as hosts and were delighted visiting with attendees. We are excited for those who attended and hope you enjoyed those days in May remembering & celebrating our wonderful “days gone by” or Auld Lang Syne. Duncan McIver Chairman, NACA Reunion XII NACA History is described in several places including the NASA History Office – , and the wonderful book “Engineer in Charge” by James Hansen. As the NASA Langley representative to the NASA Headquarters History Office, Gail Langevin was a valuable liaison during the NACA Reunion XII by coordinated attendee interviews as part of the NASA Oral History project. The Headquarters History Office also provided copies of NASA and NACA documents to the Reunion attendees. NACA Reunions – The first NACA Reunion was held in 1976 in Asheville, NC, and this will be the 12th and final reunion devoted strictly to alumni who worked at the NACA. The history of these reunions is shown in the following chart:

REUNION NO.	DATE HELD	SPONSOR	PLACE HELD	ATTENDANCE
I	October 8, 1976	Headquarters	Ashville, NC	611
II	November 12, 1982	Langley	Williamsburg, VA	702
III	September 16, 1985	Glenn/Lewis	Cleveland, OH	806
IV	September 30, 1988	Ames	San Jose, CA	810
V	October 18, 1991	Johnson	Galveston, TX	572
VI	April 29, 1994	Kennedy	Cape Canaveral, FL	410
VII	October 3, 1996	Langley	Hampton, VA	595
VIII	October 1, 1998	Headquarters	Washington, DC	308
IX	September 15, 2000	Dryden	Lancaster, CA	251
X	October 10, 2003	Glenn/Lewis	Cleveland, OH	228
XI	Fall 2005	Ames	San Jose, CA	320
XII	Spring 2008	Langley	Hampton, VA	300+
Planning Team – The Reunion XII team was composed of the following individuals: Duncan McIver, Roy Harris, Milt Holt, Betty Joyner, Jim Gardner, Bill Reed, Gary Price, Fred Morrell, Earl Andrews, Mike Yazkowski, Dave Miller, Jack Suddreth, Bland Stein, Gerry Kayten, Nat Cohen, and Gail Langevin. All are NASA/NACA retirees except Mike Yazkowski of the City of Hampton, and Gail Langevin, who is an active NASA Langley employee and does an exceptional job coordinating activities with NASA Langley & the NASA HQ History Office.

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