Program & Schedule
List of Attendees
NACA Reunion XII
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.
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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