Kids and adults alike will have the opportunity to learn hands-on how airplanes fly on Saturday, July 21, at NASA's Aerospace Exploration Gallery in the Palmdale Civic Center.
NASA engineer Al Bowers will demonstrate the fundamentals of flight beginning at 9 a.m., then repeat his presentations at 10:30, noon, and 1:30 p.m.
Visitors will receive a small balsa wood glider to put together and fly, joining Bowers for an interesting investigation in the basics of flight.
Bowers is a long-time aerodynamics engineer at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, and is currently deputy director of research/engineering there.
An experienced hang glider and sailplane pilot, Bowers is also a technical consultant to the Soaring Society of America.
A former aerodynamics chief for NASA Dryden's engineering directorate, Bowers has served as chief engineer on several NASA projects, including the SR-71A Aerodynamic Experiments Project, the F-18 High Angle-of-Attack Research Vehicle, the F-106 Eclipse Aero-Tow Project, and the X-37A Approach and Landing Test Vehicle. Last year he received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.
NASA Dryden operates the Aerospace Exploration Gallery in cooperation with the AERO Institute and the City of Palmdale. The gallery is located at the Palmdale Institute of Technology, 38256 Sierra Highway, near city hall in the Palmdale Civic Center. It is open free to the public Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more about NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and its research projects, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden
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