For Release: Nov. 4, 1998
NASA Langley Research Center
Release No. 98-090
Reporters are invited to a tour and ceremony for the Lockheed Martin C-130J, the military's next generation of front-line cargo aircraft and troop carrier, at NASA Langley Friday, Nov. 6 from 8-11 a.m.
Call immediately if interested in flying your reporter and/or photographer on one of two demonstration flights beginning at 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. A very limited number of seats are available for news media. To reserve a seat or seats, call Keith Henry at 715-0148 (cell) or 864-6120 (office).
Lockheed Martin drew from fundamental research performed by NASA's four research centers in designing the significantly-improved C-130J. The low-cost, high-performance update of this versatile airlifter will soon be joining the air forces of the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy and the United States, according to Lockheed Martin. A commercial variant has been certified by the FAA for commercial use.
A short ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., preceded by aircraft walk-throughs from 8-9:45 a.m. Available for interviews will be members of Congress and officials from Lockheed Martin, Langley Air Force Base (immediately before and after the ceremony only) and NASA Langley. The visiting C-130J is from Lockheed's Marietta, Ga., facility.
Aeronautical concepts conceived by NASA over the last 40 years have been incorporated by Lockheed Martin into the venerable C-130, including lightweight composite wing structures, aerodynamic high-lift features that enable short takeoff and landing and, for the C-130J, cockpit advances like liquid crystal flat-panel displays. Exhibits in the Hangar will highlight these and other technologies adopted for the C-130.
The aircraft visit is seen as a "thank you" to NASA employees for the agency's contributions. Time will permit only NASA Langley and Langley Air Force Base employees to walk through the aircraft.
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Photos, video, interviews available. News media will be furnished a media badge and waved through the front gate Friday morning and may park in any "reserved" parking space in front of the Hangar. The Hangar is the first building on the right of the main entrance.
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