Alford, William J., Jr. (1924-2010)
Papers (1951-1988), 0.6 cu. ft.
VPI graduate (BS, Aeronautical Engineering, 1949); engineer for National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) from 1949-1958 and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1958-1980; Head of the Advanced Transport Technology Program (1970-1975); Manager, Energy Efficient Transport Office (1976-1979); Head, Advanced Military Technology Office (1979-1980) co-owner with Edward C. Polhamus of the patent for the Variable Sweep Wing Configuration. Collection contains NACA and NASA research memoranda and reports, publication drafts, research notes and patent details for the variable-sweep wing design, correspondence, award certificates, AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics) conference programs, and personnel file papers from Alford's career; also includes materials relating to research for 1962 variable sweep wing patent.
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