For Release: July 17, 2003
Aviation's past and NASA's future come together at Inventing Flight in Dayton, Ohio, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of powered flight, in honor of the Wright Brothers and their achievements.
As part of the celebration, NASA Day will be held this Friday, July 18 at Celebration Central at Deed's Point to recognize NASA's rich history in aviation and space. Former Astronaut and now NASA's Deputy Administrator Frederick D. Gregory will lead a team of current and former astronauts in a special day of events and activities for the general public. These include Senator John H. Glenn; Former Astronaut and now NASA's Associate Administrator of Space Flight William F. Readdy; Dr. Adena Loston, Associate Administrator for Education and other dignitaries.
Many of those involved with the day-long NASA Day celebration have ties to the Dayton area. Among them Astronaut Jerry L. Ross who was assigned to the Ramjet Engine Division of the Air Force Aero-Propulsion Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the '70's and former Astronaut Mark N. Brown, who served at Wright-Patterson's Air Force Institute of Technology in the late '70's and now works at General Research Corporation in Dayton, Ohio.
NASA Day kicks off at 10 a.m. with a special presentation on the Main Stage. Throughout the day special activities will include autograph signings by Astronauts from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Innovation & Inspiration Pavilion, educational activities in NASA's Young Pilots area, an opportunity to learn more about NASA's Educator In Space program and a chance to ask questions of NASA's management.
Numerous venues have been established to showcase Dayton as the birthplace of aviation during this 17-day event and NASA has a presence in many of them, including NASA's exhibit "Powering Flight, Powering Dreams" at Celebration Central at Deed's Point.
At nearby Carillon Historical Park, an interactive display, "Tunneling the Wind for Flight," features a wind tunnel and provides information on how the Wright Brothers used wind tunnels in their research. At the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, an exhibit featured NASA's research in fuel cell technology along with an electric-powered airplane that was converted from traditional fuel. During the International Blimp Meet NASA provided information on its use of hot air balloons to help map weather conditions.
This year's NASA exhibit at the Vectren Dayton Air Show being held at Dayton's International Airport will showcase several NASA research aircraft including two F/A 18s, a Lear 23, the Super Guppy cargo airplane, and a modified DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter used for icing research.
More information about NASA's role in celebrating the Centennial of Flight can be found at: http://centennial.grc.nasa.gov
More information about Inventing Flight can be found at: http://www.inventingflight.com
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