Hunsaker's career parallels the rise of aviation in America. Whether looking at the years he spent working on aerial navigation systems for Bell Labs or commercial airships with Goodyear-Zeppelin, Trimble shows how Hunsaker drew from a varied background in the sciences and social sciences to solve many difficult technical and administrative problems. Serving for fifteen years as chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics -- the forerunner of NASA -- was both Hunsaker's greatest challenge and his crowning achievement.
In presenting such a detailed account of Hunsaker's influential career, Trimble also traces major trends in engineering and technology in the United States.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 1. An Officer and an Engineer Chapter 2 2. Aeronautics Chapter 3 3. The War in Washington Chapter 4 4. Peacetime Projects and Reorganization Chapter 5 5. Service at Home and Abroad Chapter 6 6. Bell Labs Chapter 7 7. Goodyear-Zeppelin Chapter 8 8. MIT Chapter 9 9. War and the NACA Chapter 10 10. New Directions and Old Chapter 11 11. The Long Twilight