Using a large-scale model, NASA Dryden pilot Hernan Posada outlines features of the Ikhana / Predator B remotely operated aircraft he flies to student Dustin Buerer. Above photo: With assistance from a U.S. Forest Service firefighter, Brandon Aguilar gets a hands-on lesson on controlling the flow from a fire hose during a career day demonstration at West Boron Elementary School.
NASA Dryden photographer Jim Ross explains details of his high-tech digital camera to Makenna Daughrity during West Boron Elementary School's career day. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center supported West Boron Elementary School's Career Day March 11 with six Dryden employees telling the 350 students about their jobs with NASA. Dryden presenters included remotely operated aircraft pilot Hernan Posada, Ryan Lazarony from Information Technology Security, photographer Jim Ross, Keith Day from Dryden's machine shop, Dryden meteorologist Scott Wiley and flight crew life support Lyn Lofberger.
Other agencies and organizations in East Kern County represented at the school's career day included representatives of the Kern County Sheriff's and Fire departments, the U.S. Forest Service, the Edwards Air Force Base canine unit, Rio Tinto / U.S. Borax, Scaled Composites and the U.S. Marshal's Office, along with several individuals who contributed their expertise and gave demonstrations to the students.
The event concluded with a low-level flyover by a NASA T-34 support aircraft flown by NASA Dryden pilots Dana Purifoy and Tom Miller.