NASA Dryden's F/A-18 mission support aircraft in flight. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is again participating in America's largest air show, the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh, Wisc.
NASA Dryden's support of the seven-day long event includes a static airplane display of F-18 Hornet and B-200 King Air mission support aircraft and Dryden's Gulfstream G-III environmental research aircraft on various days of the event, which runs from July 27 to Aug. 2 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
Dryden employees will give formal presentations at EAA Forum sessions on subjects covering Dryden's history and mission. Aerospace engineer Tony Ginn, currently manager of business development at Dryden, will speak on Monday morning, July 27, on the center's history. He will be followed by Dryden's external affairs manager, Cam Martin, who will present "X-15: To the Edge of Space" at mid-day Monday, and by Dryden engineer Carrie Rhoads who will present a "NASA #837 Tribute – The Jet with a Thousand Faces" later than afternoon.
Martin returns with a presentation on "NASA High Desert Flight Research" on Tuesday, July 28. On Thursday, July 30, NASA Dryden research pilot Hernan Posada will discuss "NASA UAV Flight Operations of Ikhana and Global Hawk." Martin will reprise his X-15 presentation on Sunday, Aug. 2.
Several Dryden personnel will also participate in shorter theater presentations on subjects ranging from NASA student opportunities, presented by Dryden co-op students John Bird and Erin Waggoner, to briefings on the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar, or UAVSAR, by Dryden project manager Thomas Mace and educational programs for children on aeronautics and living and working in space from aerospace education specialist Tibi Marin. In addition, Martin, Rhoades and Posada will also repeat their earlier presentations.
Along with personnel from other NASA field centers, Dryden staff will help host a NASA exhibit in one of the main exhibit halls that will feature a moon rock brought back on an Apollo mission. The rock is part of a larger exhibit that celebrates NASA's contributions to space exploration, aeronautics research and Earth science.
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