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For Release: May 22, 1996
Keith Henry
NASA Langley Research Center
(Phone: 757-864-6120/4)

Release No. 96-37

Photo and Interview Opportunity May 24

McDonnell Douglas C-17 visit a symbolic 'thanks' to NASA

Reporters are invited to tour the McDonnell Douglas C-17, the military's next generation of jet transport, at NASA Langley Friday, May 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

McDonnell Douglas drew from fundamental research performed by NASA's four aeronautics research centers in designing the huge aircraft for the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command.

A short ceremony will precede the walkthrough beginning at 9 a.m. Available for interviews will be members of Congress and officials from McDonnell Douglas, Langley Air Force Base and NASA Langley. The visiting C-17 is from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.

Aeronautical concepts conceived by NASA over the last 40 years have been incorporated by McDonnell Douglas into the C-17, including fundamental research and technology applied to the C-17's advanced wing design for heavy lift capability and fuel efficiency, to the aircraft's flight control system and head-up display, to engine performance and efficiency, and to its lightweight composite structures.

The aircraft visit is seen as a 'thank you' to NASA employees for the agency's contributions. Time will permit only NASA Langley and Langley Air Force Base employees to walk through the aircraft, which will be open for the occasion.

The company was recognized for its innovative C-17 design when it received the prestigious Collier Trophy for 1994, American aviation's greatest annual achievement award. Current missions include airlifting much-needed cargo and supplies to Bosnia.

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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 "reserved" parking space at the Hangar.


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