NASA Soars Into Wings Over Houston Airshow
Johnson Space Center, Houston
Learn about America’s Vision for Space Exploration, meet NASA's astronauts and view high-tech NASA aircraft at the 22nd annual Wings Over Houston Airshow Oct. 21-22 at Ellington Field in Houston.
On display at NASA’s exhibit tent will be a model of the next-generation ARES I rocket that will send future astronauts to orbit and a mockup of NASA’s human-like robot called Robonaut. Attendees of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of games to win NASA prizes.
This year, Wings Over Houston welcomes back the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. For the first time in U.S. history, the Thunderbird team includes a female pilot, flying Thunderbird 3.
NASA will have an exciting array of training, research and cargo aircraft on display, including:
Media may tour the NASA aircraft and exhibits. Interview opportunities with astronauts will follow the astronaut autograph sessions scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the NASA tent. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Debbie Sharp at 281-483-4942.
- A supersonic T-38 jet trainer used for spaceflight readiness training.
- The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 jet that carries the space shuttle orbiters piggyback to Florida if it lands in other locations.
- The Shuttle Training Aircraft, an aircraft modified to imitate the flying characteristics of the shuttle during its approach and landing.
- The WB-57 aircraft, a mid-wing, long-range aircraft used for high-altitude research missions.
- The Super Guppy, a giant Boeing 377 cargo craft which opens its entire forward fuselage to transport huge segments of space hardware.
- The C-9 aircraft that is used to fly a unique trajectory that creates periods of reduced gravity for training and experiments.
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