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Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

July 7, 2006
RELEASE : 06-034
NASA Makes Debut at Duluth Air Show
For the first time, NASA will have a presence at the Monaco Air Duluth Air Show in Duluth, MN, on July 7, 8 and 9. NASA's exhibit will feature an F/A-18 Hornet piloted by Richard G. Ewers.

The F/A-18 Hornet is used primarily as a safety chase and mission support aircraft at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. The aircraft was obtained from the U.S. Navy and its name corresponds to the dual fighter-attack role it had in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

A special guest, pilot Richard G. Ewers, will appear in conjunction with NASA's exhibit. He will meet with the public at various times during the weekend. Ewers has been a research pilot in the Flight Crew Branch at Dryden since 1998. He has more than 37 years and almost 10,000 hours of military and civilian flight experience in all types of aircraft from jet fighters to blimps. Ewers is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, will provide a variety of other attractions as part of the exhibit. These include a large inflatable space shuttle and a new exhibit called "Brain Bytes" that explains common questions people have about space travel.

Visitors can also view a genuine moon rock and have their photograph taken as an astronaut floating in space.

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