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"INVENTING FLIGHT: THE SCIENCE OF BALLOONS, THE TECHNOLOGY OF WINGS" PRESENTATION SET FOR PALMDALE

November 26, 2002

Release: 02-61

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A program set for Dec. 4 in Palmdale compares and contrasts the processes behind 18th Century balloon flights and the Wright brothers' first aircraft flights in the early 20th Century. Aviation historian Tom D. Crouch, senior curator of the Division of Aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum, will discuss "Inventing Flight - The Science of Balloons, the Technology of Wings." This free illustrated program is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Palmdale City Council Chambers, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B. Seating is limited. Reservations may be made by calling the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at (661) 276-3458.

The event, co-sponsored by NASA and the Palmdale City Council, is part of the Centennial of Flight Colloquium Series leading up to the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight, Dec. 17, 2003.

Crouch is the author and editor of a number of books and articles for popular magazines and scholarly journals, primarily on the history of flight technology. He is chairman of the First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board, an organization created to advise the Centennial of Flight Commission.

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