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THEODORE VON KARMAN

(NOTE DR. GOETHERT'S REFERENCE TO THE VON KARMAN INSTITUTE AND THE ARO STIPEND.)

DR. B. H. GOETHERT ANNOUNCES AR0 SPONSORSHIP OF SENIOR ENGINEER OR SCIENTEST FOR A YEARS ASSIGNMENT AT VON KARMAN INSTITUTE
100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF THEODORE VON KARMAN IN THE HISTORIC CORONATION HALL OF AACHEN, WEST GERMANY ADDRESS BY DR. B. H. GOETHERT MAY 11, 1981
"Ladies and Gentlemen: It is a great honor for me to participate in this Celebration of van Karman's 100th Birthday and express our reverence and gratitude to this pioneer of aeronautics and astronautics, also in the name of many of his friends in the aerospace institutions of the State of Tennessee in America.
Both the Arnold Center, the largest modern Experimental Development Center of the U.S. Air Force, and the adjacent Space Institute of The University of Tennessee are located in Tennessee near Tullahoma. Both institutions owe their existence to the studies and the recommendations of von Karman.
1. Arnold Engineering Development Center Tullahoma, TN
2. The University gf Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, Tennessee. I am particularly thankful that the opportunity was given to me to participate in the establishment and operation of these two institutions for about 12 years for each.
In 1945, at the end of the Second 'World 'War, von Karman wrote his famous report: "Toward New Horizons". A report which is based on comprehensive studies of the advanced aeronautical technology in the Germany of the Second'World War and in America as well as in other coun-tries active in airplane development. In this report, von Kirmin described for the American aircraft industry and the U.S. Air Force the decisively important role of aeronautics in the next decades, and indicated the steps necessary for its realization.                  
In von Karman's report, the following two recommendations were made with special emphasis:                                  
1. Establish "A Center for Supersonic and Pilotless Aircraft.         
2. Support the Establishment of "Civilian Cooperative  Laboratories in Close Connection with Universities". Both recommendations of von Karman were accepted and corresponding actions taken:        
1.The Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tullahoma, Tennessee. Most Comprehensive Aerospace Development Center in USA Established in 1950 through and act of the the US Congress.
No important American airplane or space vehicle or their propulsion system of the last decades, whether civilian or military, flies today without testing in the facilities of Arnold Center, in model or full-scale; detailed experiments confirmed their performance and reliability, or identified deficiencies in their design and allowed them to be corrected prior to first actual flight..
2. The UT Space Institute, in an undisturbed beautiful location on the shores of a lake, surrounded by woods, and the Appalachian Mountains in the background, is remote from the stress of the development tests at the Arnold Center. However only about seven minutes driving is required to meet the scientests and engineers of the Arnold Center and all their problems with the development of advanced airplanes and space vehicles of the future.
The Arnold Engineering Development Center and the UT Space Institute reflect the ideas of van Karman:
Modern large test facilities - in the Arnold Center, Academic research and teaching - in the UT Space Institute, with mutual support and stimulation of ideas.
These facilities in Tennessee are visible witnesses of the visionary genius of von Karman looking far ahead into the future. Following the example of von Karman, the Arnold Center of the Air Force and the Space Institute of The University of Tennessee developed fruitful relationships with the aerospace organizations in Europe, as for instance:
1. Support the re-establishment of the German Aerospace research through numerous personal contacts, beginning in 1956.
2. Participated continuously in the international cooperation within AGARD, the advisory group for aeronautical research and development of NATO which was founded on van Karman's recommendation shortly after World War II.
ARO, Inc.-the Operating Contractor of the Arnold Center Established in 1961 an annual stipend in honor of von Karman which I had the privilege to announce at the celebration of van Karman's 80th birthday in Washington. With the financial support of this ARO stipend, each year Von Karman's 80th Birthday Celebration May 11, 1961 Washington, D.C. a senior engineer or scientist of ARO could go to Brussels for one year and serve there in the" Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics" as a member of its faculty.
The Space Institute of The University of Tennessee has enjoyed since 1965 an active academic cooperation and exchange of professors and students through an Agreement of Cooperation between The University of Tennessee and the Technical University of Aachen. I am personally very thankful that I could participate in the establishment of the cooperative programs described above and in their follow-on extensions.
All of us who have been associated with von Karman and the Arnold Center and the UT Space Institute, recall particularly today, with gratitude and admiration the genius of this man who has opened our eyes to the tremendous challenges of the future: "Toward New Horizons"." What a movimg speech by Dr. Goethert who was listed as Dean Emeritus of The Univeristy of Tennessee Space Institute. His high sense of duty, his enthusiasm for the task and his devotion to the concept are well represented in this paper.

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