The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). As NASA's predecessor organization, NACA was chartered in 1915 and was operational from 1917 until 1958. NACA played an integral role in the development of the United States' fledgling aeronautics industry as the main research body for a collection of federal, commercial and university interests. The main product of NACA's research was its multi-tiered report series, many of which are available in scanned format here.