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Chapter 2 Building a Research Establishment The American Way



The only people so far who have been able to get at something like accurate results from wind-tunnel experiments are the workers at the Experimental Station at Langley Field, which is run by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics of the United States of America. Thanks to the wealth of the United States and the high intelligence of those who are charged with the task of aeronautical experiments, workers in the American research establishments have acquired knowledge that is in many ways far ahead of anything we have in this country. And they have it very largely by what is called “ad hoc research,”—that is to say, going and looking for the solution of one particular problem, instead of experimenting around blindly in the hope that something may turn up, after the fashion which is known as “basic research.” The above editorial comment by C. G. Grey, a prominent British aeronautical engineer and editor of the aviation journal The Aeroplane, appeared in the 6 February 1929 issue of that journal

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