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For release: July 26, 1995

Michael Finneran
(804) 864-8150

RELEASE NO. 95-72

Langley Supersonic Flight-Testing Footage Available On NASA TV

NASA TV on Wednesday, July 26, will make available footage of preparations to flight test a concept designed to improve the aerodynamics of aircraft traveling at supersonic speeds.

The effort is led by Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and the flight testing will take place at Dryden Flight Research Center in California.

The footage may be accessed at noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. EDT today. NASA Television is broadcast on Spacenet 2, transponder 5, channel 9, C-Band, located at 69 degrees West longitude, with horizontal polarizations. Frequency will be on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz.

The experiment will use a special panel installed on the wing of a modified F-16 jet fighter. The panel is designed to create nearly perfect, or "laminar," air flow over the wing. Laminar flow control would enable planes to fly on less fuel and with smaller engines, bringing the conceptual supersonic airline of the future closer to reality.

Such as plane would fly 2.4 times the speed of sound, carry 300 people and cost 15 to 20 percent more than normal coach fare. Langley is the lead center within NASA for researching the technology that would make such an aircraft possible.

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