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Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

July 24, 2006
RELEASE : 06-038
NASA Showcases Aircraft at Dayton Air Show
NASA continues its presence at the Dayton Air Show in Dayton, Ohio, on July 29 and 30. This year's NASA exhibit will feature two of its research aircraft.

The S-3B Viking, recently acquired from the U.S. Navy by NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, will make a stop at the air show on its way to be modified for use as a platform for icing-related research. Visitors will be able to check out how the aircraft's wings fold and unfold while it is on static display at the show.

The second aircraft, an F/A-18 Hornet, contributed by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., is used primarily as a safety chase and mission support aircraft. The aircraft was also obtained from the U.S. Navy. Both the U.S. Navy and the Marines operate F/A-18's in dual fighter-attack roles.

Visitors will also see a variety of other attractions from Glenn as part of the exhibit, including a 30-foot tall inflatable space shuttle, a space shuttle tire that was flown in space and a photo booth where visitors can have their free souvenir photo taken as an astronaut.

NASA research test pilot Frank Batteas will share his experiences and sign autographs for visitors from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday in the NASA exhibit. Batteas has been a research pilot in the Flight Crew Branch at Dryden since 1998. He has accumulated more than 4,700 hours of military and civilian flight experience in more than 40 different aircraft types. His last military assignment was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

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