The Status of Aviation in the United States

9781235863721: The Status of Aviation in the United States

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 Excerpt: ... No. 13. COMMITTEE ON NAVAL AFFAIRS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Thursday, December 7, 1916. The committee met at 10.30 a. m., Hon. Lemuel P. Padgett (chairman) presiding. STATEMENT OF DR. CHARLES D. WALCOTT, MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON AERONAUTICS. The Chairman. Gentlemen, we have with us this morning Dr. Charles D. Walcott, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics. On page 7, Dr. Walcott, I notice there is submitted an estimate for an appropriation of $107,000, and on page 8 the same estimate for the same purpose in revised language. I am going to ask you, Dr. Walcott, in your own way, to tell the committee of the status of aviatjon, the work that has been accomplished or that is under way in your committee, the results that have been attained, the prospects and the difficulties; in other words, the status of the matter; together with any suggestions that you wish to make to the committee at this time for the benefit of a full and clear understanding on this question. Dr. Walcott. Mr. Chairman, may I refer first to the authority for this committee's work? That was passed in the naval appropriation act, approved March 3, 1915, and provides that it shall be the duty of the Advisory Committee for Aeronautics to supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight, with a view to their practical solution, and to determine the problems which should be experimentally attacked, and to discuss their solution and their application to practical questions; and that in the event of a laboratory or laboratories, either in whole or in part, being placed under the direction of the committee, theeommittee may direct and conduct research and experiment in aeronautics in such labor...

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