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July 18, 2002


Michael Mewhinney                                                                                      

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.                                       

Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000                                                 

Beth Swanson

The Air Show Network

Phone: 805/452-5999 (Media Only)



NASA’s cutting-edge research in information technology, aeronautics and space science will be showcased as the centerpiece of the “Tech Space Pavilion” at the second annual Air Expo at Moffett Field, July 27-28.

Housed in historic Hangar One, the display will feature a variety of exhibits highlighting

new and emerging technologies.  NASA Ames research will be featured in a 12,000-square-foot interactive display within the Tech Space Pavilion.

“This event offers NASA an extraordinary opportunity to promote our mission in information technology and aeronautics,” said Dr. Henry McDonald, director of NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. “It also will enable us to develop new strategic partnerships with the private sector. Through these partnerships, industry will benefit from the advanced research capabilities we have at this Center, and we will benefit from their expertise in making our technologies more readily available to the public,” he said.

“This activity fits in well with our new NASA Research Park initiative,” explained McDonald.  “The NASA Research Park will bring together the best of Silicon Valley, and the nation, to work with us to accomplish our mission.  A critical element of our mission is to share what we learn with the public; what better way than through an exciting air show and exposition, ” McDonald added.

The Ames information technology display will highlight advances made by applying the latest techniques in digital technology to real-world problems and situations.  Featured will be a demonstration of the K-9 robot, one of the most advanced robots developed at Ames.  Among the exhibits will be a display of the research being conducted in nanotechnology, climate modeling, remote sensing, and thermal protection materials used on the space shuttle. The space life science display will showcase the diverse research being conducted at Ames in medical applications and various experiments and hardware for the International Space Station.

Featured in the NASA exhibit will be displays highlighting NASA Research Park and the California Air and Space Center, intelligent flight control, air traffic management tools, rotorcraft, the Personal Satellite Assistant (PSA) and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

Among the aerial acts to be featured at the Air Expo will be a high-speed demonstration by the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet; thrilling maneuvers by the U.S. Air Force A-10 fighter team; the gyroscopic aerial acrobatics of Jim LeRoy’s “Bulldog Airshow;” sky diving and combat rescue demonstrations by the 129th squadron of the California Air National Guard featuring the amazing, explosive “Wall of Fire;” the non-stop thrills and daytime pyrotechnics of “The Wild Thing;” and dazzling aerial rolls and spins by Eddie Andreini.   Spectators can see more than 30 aircraft on display, including NASA’s 747 space shuttle transport, and a massive C-5 Galaxy.  Modern fighters like the F-16, A-10 and F-18 also will be displayed alongside their restored, vintage counterparts, including the P-51 Mustang, F-8 Bear Cat and the C-46 China Doll.

Local military, fire, police and rescue personnel will be key participants in the staging of the air show, according to Jim Breen, president and founder of The Air Show Network, Carpinteria, Calif. “We’re proud to honor those brave individuals who put their lives on the line every day to defend our freedom and safety,” Breen said. “We’d like to invite everyone to come out for a celebration of what makes this nation great.”

As a gesture of appreciation, all active-duty armed forces, guard and reserve members, professional police, fire and EMT personnel showing official identification will be offered “buy-one, get-one free” tickets to the air show for themselves and their immediate family members.  The discount tickets are only available at the air show on Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28, at specially marked booths located at the main entrance.

More than 150,000 people are expected to attend the two-day Air Expo, which will be held from

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-10.  Children under age four will be admitted free. Flightline and Platinum Club premier seating with complimentary on-site parking is available by advance purchase at

Limited off-site parking is available at the Juniper Networks and Lockheed facilities on Mathilda Avenue, and free secured bicycle parking will be offered at the Ellis Street entrance. The VTA will also add additional service and link CalTrain with the event at the Mountain View station.  For additional information, call 650/568-7866 or visit the Air Show Network web site,


Located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, NASA Ames Research Center encompasses the Moffett Field property formerly occupied by the Navy.  Ames conducts research in astrobiology, information technology, and aviation systems operations and capacity. For more information about NASA Ames, visit:

The Air Show Network is the largest air show producer in North America. The company has supported more than 600 aviation events during the past 14 years, working with all branches of the U.S. military, as well as the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom. The Air Show Network is owned by Umbrella Entertainment Group, a privately held company based in Carpinteria, Calif. For more information about The Air Show Network, visit:



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