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Jonas Dino                                                                                                      Sept. 11, 2003

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-5612

Email: Jonas.dino@nasa.gov

Peter Golkin

National Air and Space Museum, Washington

Phone: 202/633-2374

Email: peter.golkin@nasm.si.edu


RELEASE: 03-70AR

NASA/ARMY TO TRANSFER UNIQUE AIRCRAFT TO AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

News media are invited to attend the transfer of the NASA/Army XV-15 tilt rotor aircraft to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport, Va. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003.

The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. EDT, when NASA, NASM and other officials brief the news media about the aircraft. At noon, the XV-15 will fly to the Udvar-Hazy Center and perform its last flight demonstration. The XV-15 completed more that 25 years of exceptional service to the nation.

Tilt rotors are a unique type of aircraft that possess the take-off, hover, and landing capabilities of a helicopter with the additional range and speed of a turboprop aircraft. The success of the XV-15 led to the development of the V-22 Osprey tilt rotor and the world's first civil tilt rotor, the nine-passenger Bell Agusta 609.

The NASM is comprised of the Udvar-Hazy Center and facilities on the National Mall. The NASM will be the largest air and space museum complex in the world. The Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport opens to the public Dec. 15.

Media planning to attend the XV-15 briefing and demonstration must RSVP by email to:

media@nasm.si.edu

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