For Release: November 27, 1996
Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Catherine E. Watson
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
First Flight of U.S.-Russian Supersonic Testbed Scheduled For
A modified Russian supersonic passenger jet will fly for the
first time in more than 20 years as part of a joint six-month
flight research program between NASA, a U.S. industry team and the
Russian aeronautics establishment.
The first flight of the supersonic Tu-144LL aircraft is
scheduled for 11 a.m. local time at the Zhukovsky Airfield near
Moscow. Photo and interview opportunities will be available
throughout the day.
During six months of flight tests, the Tu-144LL will carry
NASA-sponsored experiments in support of the agency's High-Speed
Research (HSR) program. The
experiments will be conducted in cooperation with the Russian
Tupolev Design Bureau. The HSR program, begun in 1990, teams NASA
and U.S. industry to develop technology for a High-Speed Civil
Transport (HSCT) by the turn of the century. The U.S. industry team
for the Tu-144 flight experiments is led by Boeing with help from
McDonnell Douglas, Rockwell, Pratt & Whitney and GE. The HSR
program in managed by NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton,
Media who need accreditation in Russia should contact Thomas
Thomson at (7095) 941-8489 or (7095) 941-8659 (Fax).
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