A Guide to the F. Edward McLean Papers, 1950-1985 McLean, F. Edward, Papers Ms1990-054

A Guide to the F. Edward McLean Papers, 1950-1985

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1990-054


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Processed by: Adrienne Glenney, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
F. Edward McLean Papers, 1950-1985
Physical Characteristics
0.6 cu. ft. 2 boxes; 1 folder
McLean, F. Edward
Collection contains NASA and NACA related materials and papers.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from F. Edward McLean Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: F. Edward McLean Papers, Ms1990-054, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The papers were donated to Special Collections prior to 1990.

Processing Information

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

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.

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. 


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

Index Terms


  • Archives of American Aerospace Exploration (AAAE)
  • Science and Technology
  • Occupations:

  • Aerospace engineers

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
F-15 Papers
Box-folder 1-2
Francis E. McLean Personal Papers
Box-folder 1-3
Handwritten Notes- NASA
Box-folder 1-4
NASA Correspondence and Memos
Box-folder 1-5
Newspaper Clippings, 1965-1967
Folder 1
Phase III SST Performance Evaluation
Folder 1
Box-folder 1-6
Photographs & Transparencies
Box-folder 1-7
SCAR Project
Folder 1
Box-folder 1-8
Sonic Boom Papers
Box-folder 1-9
Sonic Boom Proposal Presentation Materials
Box-folder 1-10
Supersonic Air Transportation Papers
Box-folder 2-1
Scope and Content
NASA Research Memorandum- Analytical Investigation of Propeller Efficiency at High Subsonic Flight Speeds Hear MACH Number Unity, 1950
Proceedings of the Sonic Boom Symposium, 1965
Some Nonasymptotic Effects on the Sonic Boom of Large Airplanes, 1965
Sonic-Boom Characteristics of Proposed Supersonic and Hypersonic Airplanes, 1966
Supersonic Cruise Technology, 1985