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F. Edward McLean Papers

Identifier: Ms-1990-054

Scope and Content

This collection consists of NASA papers related to Francis Edward McLean's work in aerospace engineering. McLean's work at NASA specialized in supersonic aerodynamic design and analysis, and high-speed management. The papers consist of writings by McLean, NASA and NACA-related news clippings, correspondence and inter-office NASA memos, patents, technical reports, presentation materials, photographs, awards, and citations. 


  • 1950 - 1985


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Francis Edward McLean graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic institute (B.S. Math-Physics, 1948). Beginning in 1948, McLean held several positions and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), including principal aerodynamic evaluator and consultant in the U.S. Supersonic Transport Program (1963-1969), head of the Langley Research Center's Aero-Thermo Section (1968-1971), aeronautical manager and head of the NASA Supersonic Technology Office (1974-1978). McLean was presented with patent awards in 1966 and 1968 for supersonic airplane design and is the author of Supersonic Cruise Technology (Washington D.C., NASA, 1985). He retired from NASA in 1978.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 boxes; 1 folder)


This collection contains NASA and NACA related materials and papers.


Folders in the collection are arranged alphabetically by title/material type.

Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to Special Collections in October 1990.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the F. Edward McLean Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the F. Edward McLean Papers was completed in November 2012.

F. Edward McLean Papers, 1950-1985
Adrienne Glenney, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
2012 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US