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Kathy Barnstorff
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
Office: 757/864-9886/Cellular: 757 344-8511
Email: Kathy.Barnstorff@nasa.gov

Rebecca Menges
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
Office: 757/864-2261
Email: r.e.menges@larc.nasa.gov

Mike Alkire
West Virginia State Fair, Lewisburg, WV
Office: 304/645-1090
Email: mike@wvstatefair.com

RELEASE NO. 03-051
 


August 4, 2003

NASA TO HELP WEST VIRGINIANS CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF POWERED FLIGHT

Volunteers from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., will bring a special celebration of the Centennial of Flight to this month's West Virginia State Fair in Lewisburg.

NASA Langley serves a five-state region, including West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina, for education and public outreach.

To help commemorate 100 years of powered flight, NASA Langley -- which was founded just fourteen years after the Wright Brothers' historic first flight -- developed a special traveling exhibit.

"This is the first time NASA Langley has ever participated in the West Virginia State Fair," said Donna Lawson, NASA Langley's exhibits manager. "We're excited to have this opportunity to share Langley's 86-year history of achievements in aerospace technology with our nearest neighbors. Our goal is to help inspire West Virginians and others who attend the state fair to become part of the next generation of explorers."

NASA Langley's traveling exhibit will offer a hands-on, interactive experience and plenty of real-life NASA scientists and engineers to answer questions. Displays will chronicle the history of aviation from the first flight to space flight, present the latest in NASA research and highlight ground-breaking technologies that will change the future of aerospace.

Visitors will be able to check out a model of an airplane that may some day fly over Mars! Youngsters will be able to learn more about how a plane flies and aviation history with the help of an innovative story book exhibit, called F. A. Plane. Aviation enthusiasts of all ages will be able to see and "fly" a NASA flight technology demonstrator, a computer simulator similar to a future plane they may some day fly. Participants will even be able to take home a NASA souvenir in the form of posters, publications and education packets.

The West Virginia State Fair runs from August 8-16, 2003.

Photographs and interviews are available on request.

For more information on NASA's Langley Research Center, please check the Internet at:

www.larc.nasa.gov

For more information on the West Virginia State Fair, please check the Internet at:

www.wvstatefair.com

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