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June 10, 1999

Michael Mewhinney

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

(Phone: 650/604-3937)

mmewhinney@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE: 99-39AR

NASA TO HOST FLAG DAY CELEBRATION AT MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD

On Saturday, June 12, in celebration of Flag Day, the public is invited to attend several activities sponsored, in part, by the NASA Ames Exchange, at Moffett Federal Airfield. Activities will include unfurling the world's largest American flag, a chance to pull a commercial jet 12 feet and free airplane rides for children. All activities are free, and no tickets are needed. Gates to Moffett Federal Airfield will open at 8:00 a.m. (PDT)

KSFO (560 AM) Radio's Geoff Metcalf will broadcast live from Moffett Field from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon and invites all Bay Area patriots to see the huge flag, that measures nearly 265 feet by 575 feet, (the size of four football fields) starting at 11:30 a.m.

At the same time, the Santa Clara County Law Enforcement Torch Run will host an inaugural "Airplane Pull" to benefit more than 1,200 Special Olympics participants in Santa Clara County. Teams of 20 people will attempt to pull a commercial jet donated by United Airlines 12 feet with a 100-foot rope. Composed of representatives from local law enforcement agencies, corporations, businesses, airlines, military, clubs and other organizations, the teams will each donate $1,000 to benefit Special Olympics.

As part of the Young Eagles Program, free 20 to 30-minute rides in a variety of privately-owned airplanes will be available for youths from 8 to 17 years of age. The purpose of the program is to introduce young people to the educational and exciting world of aviation. Members of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Chapter 62 are volunteering their time and their aircraft for the flights.

The day's events will also feature a "Kids Corner" with fun and games for young children, local law enforcement equipment and demonstrations, musical entertainment, food and beverages.

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