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02-070
For Release: October 1, 2002

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office
216/433-2406
katherine.martin@grc.nasa.gov

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
216/433-8806
lori.j.rachul@grc.nasa.gov


New Book Highlights Unique NASA Facility

One of Cleveland's historic landmarks, unique in the world, is NASA Glenn Research Center's Icing Research Tunnel (IRT). "We Freeze to Please", the slogan for the IRT, is now also the title of a new book, the latest addition to the NASA History Series.

The book just published, "We Freeze to Please: A History of NASA's Icing Research Tunnel and the Quest for Safety," tells the story of this unique facility that has made unparalleled contributions to a specialized area of aeronautics research that affects virtually all who fly.

One of the oldest and most troublesome problems for pilots as well as aircraft engineers is ice formation on wings and is still the subject of research to achieve improvement in de-icing methods. The IRT has attained great success over the years, having developed the LEWICE software to detect ice formation, and advancements in the prevention of ice build-up on turbine powered commercial aircraft, helicopters and military planes.

On Thursday, October 3, at 2 p.m. in Glenn's Main Cafeteria, the author of the book, Dr. William M. Leary will be the guest of honor at a book signing ceremony. Leary will talk about the book's importance and will be available to sign copies of the book.

Leary is currently E. Merton Coulter Professor of History at the University of Georgia, Athens and has held the position of Charles Lindbergh Professor of Aerospace History at the National Aviation and Space Museum. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and received a B.A. from Wayne State University in 1963 and a PhD from Princeton in 1966. Leary has written histories of the China National Aviation Corporation, the Civil Air Transport and the U.S. Airmail Service.

The book is on sale from the U.S. Superintendent of Documents and from the NASA Information Center. Details on ordering the book are available at:
http://history.nasa.gov/what.html

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media representatives are invited to interview Leary prior to the ceremony. Reporters interested in covering the event or setting up an interview time should call Katherine Martin or the Media Relations Office at 216-433-2901.

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