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04-020
For Release: March 22, 2004

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


NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:


NASA GLENN WELCOMES NEW RESEARCH AIRCRAFT

News media are invited to visit NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, on Friday, March 26 for the arrival of a Viking S-3 research aircraft which will greatly enhance Glenn's ongoing icing research efforts.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., Rich Christiansen, Glenn's Deputy Center Director, and other Center officials, will accept the newly-acquired aircraft from the U.S. Navy during a brief ceremony in Glenn's hangar. This aircraft will become the icing flying laboratory for safety research in NASA's Aviation Safety and Security Program. The aircraft will play an instrumental role in Glenn's ongoing icing flight research, developing new knowledge for atmospheric characterization in icing conditions, and in defining the effects of ice build-up on aircraft performance and handling qualities.

Media representatives wishing to attend the ceremony should call Katherine Martin or the Media Relations Office at 216-433-2901 in order to be cleared through security.

For more information on Glenn's Icing Research program, visit: http://icebox.grc.nasa.gov/ext/

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