For Release: May 8, 1996
NASA Langley Research Center
Release No. 96-33
May 10: Photo and Interview Opportunity
Boeing says'thanks' with visit of innovative 777 airliner to
Reporters are invited to tour the new
Boeing-777, fresh from being honored as the greatest
achievement in aerospace in America in 1995. The airplane and
company officials will visit NASA Langley Friday, May 10 as a
gesture of thanks for NASA's technology
contributions to its creation. Hailed as a triumph of
technology, the Boeing-777 and its developers will receive the
National Aeronautic Association's Collier Trophy in ceremonies in
Washington, D.C. May 9.
Between 8:30 and 9 the next morning, Boeing-777 #1 is scheduled
to be on open display for news media and officials at NASA Langley.
Boeing and Langley officials are expected to be available for
interview by the news media. A brief ceremony will begin at 9 a.m.,
followed by a walk-through by NASA Langley employees until the
aircraft leaves at 11 a.m.
Basic research performed at NASA's four research centers
contributed significantly to the precedent-setting jet's design and
commercial success. According to Boeing Company estimates, the 777
fleet has captured three-quarters of the market for airplanes in
its class, further strengthening this country's positive balance of
trade in aeronautics.
"It is really important to us at Langley when a customer like
the Boeing Company uses and appreciates our technology. This is the
reason for our existence," said NASA Langley Center Director Paul
Holloway during a recent ceremonial loan of a 777 model to the
The 777 was designed for medium- to long-range passenger flights
and is the largest twin-engine jet manufactured today. Its first
passenger-carrying flights were conducted by United Airlines in May
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NOTE: Photos, video, interviews available. News media will be
waved through the front gate Friday morning and may park in any
specially "reserved" parking space at the Hangar.
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