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 and 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 and the Langley Alumni Association and took place in Hampton, Virginia, May 2-4, 2008. There were 360 attendees from over 30 States and all seemed to have a great time.
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin gave a powerful speech recognizing the important 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 also 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 on their 50th Anniversary on October 1, 2008. The Administrator said he would hang the plaque in a prominent place in NASA Headquarters.
Jo Dibella, who participated in 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.
On the following pages you will find descriptions of the events and tours that the attendees enjoyed. We have also provided a list of people who attended Reunion XII as of April 11, and will be updated with the final count. Our Planning Committee members were proud to serve as hosts and were delighted visiting with the attendees.
We would appreciate receiving any comments (positive or negative) that you might have on this Reunion. I will pass them along to the organizers of any future NASA-NACA reunions.
Finally, we are excited for those who attended and hope you had a wonderful time over those few days in May remembering and celebrating those wonderful “days gone by” or Auld Lang Syne.
Chairman, NACA Reunion XII