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- n. the activity of designing and constructing aircraft
- n. the branch of engineering science concerned with the design and construction of aircraft
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A naval aviator who trained but saw no combat during World War II, Crossfield had earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Washington in 1946.
For a specific analysis of the development of engineering science within college aeronautical engineering programs, see Amy Elizabeth Foster, “Aeronautical Science 101: The Development of Engineering Science in Aeronautical Engineering Education at the University of Minnesota,” MA Thesis, University of Minnesota, Oct. 1980.
Upon graduating with an aeronautical engineering degree from Virginia Tech in 1944, Kraft went to work in the Stability and Control Branch of NACA Langley’s Flight Research Division where he rubbed elbows with such talented flight test engineers as Bob Gilruth, Charles Donlan, and Walt Williams, men who in the summer of 1958, following Sputnik, took Kraft with them into the Space Task Group, which planned and administered Project Mercury.