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For Release: May 8, 1996
Keith Henry
NASA Langley Research Center
(Phone: 757-864-6120/4)

Release No. 96-33

May 10: Photo and Interview Opportunity

Boeing says'thanks' with visit of innovative 777 airliner to NASA Langley

Reporters are invited to tour the new Boeing-777, fresh from being honored as the greatest achievement in aerospace in America in 1995. The airplane and company officials will visit NASA Langley Friday, May 10 as a gesture of thanks for NASA's technology contributions to its creation. Hailed as a triumph of technology, the Boeing-777 and its developers will receive the National Aeronautic Association's Collier Trophy in ceremonies in Washington, D.C. May 9.

Between 8:30 and 9 the next morning, Boeing-777 #1 is scheduled to be on open display for news media and officials at NASA Langley. Boeing and Langley officials are expected to be available for interview by the news media. A brief ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a walk-through by NASA Langley employees until the aircraft leaves at 11 a.m.

Basic research performed at NASA's four research centers contributed significantly to the precedent-setting jet's design and commercial success. According to Boeing Company estimates, the 777 fleet has captured three-quarters of the market for airplanes in its class, further strengthening this country's positive balance of trade in aeronautics.

"It is really important to us at Langley when a customer like the Boeing Company uses and appreciates our technology. This is the reason for our existence," said NASA Langley Center Director Paul Holloway during a recent ceremonial loan of a 777 model to the center.

The 777 was designed for medium- to long-range passenger flights and is the largest twin-engine jet manufactured today. Its first passenger-carrying flights were conducted by United Airlines in May 1995.

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NOTE: Photos, video, interviews available. News media will be waved through the front gate Friday morning and may park in any specially "reserved" parking space at the Hangar.


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