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December 15, 2000
Doug Peterson
Johnson space Center, Houston, TX

Release: J00-85

NASA Astronaut William S. McArthur to Visit Kitty Hawk

Astronaut William McArthur (Col., USA) will speak at a luncheon celebrating the 97th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight at noon Dec. 17 at the Comfort Inn, South Marker Post 17, in Nags Head.

Col. McArthur will also attend the 9:00 a.m. celebration at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

He is a veteran of three space flights including flights to both the Russian Space Station Mir and the International Space Station. He has logged over 840 hours (35 days) in space and performed two space walks totaling 13 hours and 16 minutes during the recent STS-92 mission to continue assembly of the International Space Station.

Currently McArthur is the NASA Director of Operations (DOR) in Star City, Russia. He is responsible for the training and support NASA astronauts receive in Russia while preparing for missions to the International Space Station.

McArthur is willing to do print or electronic media interviews before and after the events, depending on schedule constraints.

For additional information about this appearance, and to arrange media visits, please contact Mr. Eddy Baysden of the First Flight Society at 919-801-5739.


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