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NASA Langley is back in the jet age
NASA Langley is back in the jet age

A former US Coast Guard jet has arrived at NASA Langley in hopes of being used for future science missions and other possible experiments. The HU-25C Guardian is equivalent to a Falcon business jet built by Dassault Aircraft. The jet, which was built in 1981 and had been stationed at a Coast Guard base in Cape Cod, Mass., flew into Langley from Elizabeth City, N.C.

The HU-25 will not be flown again until it has completed the aircraft acceptance process and has authorization to operate. It offers more capabilities than NASA Langley's current fleet. It can fly higher, further and longer and already has some special equipment installed that would help it support aeroscience research.

Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

Page Last Updated: July 28th, 2013
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