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For Release: Dec. 14, 1998

Michael Finneran
(757) 864-6121/23/24

RELEASE NO. 98-096

DEC. 17 EVENT
Speaker will trace evolution of fighter aircraft

A lecture tracing the evolution of fighter aircraft from a technology and design standpoint will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, in the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

Dr. Richard G. Bradley Jr., who was instrumental in the creation of the F-16, will discuss some of the major advances and events that changed the rules from World War II to the present. Bradley used to work for Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems and now is a consultant to the company. He also will discuss the future of jet fighters based on recent studies by the Air Force, and talk about trends in technology and changing environments.

Bradley's talk is the Annual Wright Brothers Memorial Lecture and marks the 95th anniversary of the first powered flight.

Reporters who attend the lecture may interview Bradley immediately afterward.

The talk is sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, joined by NASA Langley, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Virginia Aerospace Business Roundtable and Lockheed Martin.

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