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For Release: November 27, 1996

Don Nolan-Proxmire
Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
(Phone: 202-358-1983)

Catherine E. Watson
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
(Phone: 757-864-6122)


First Flight of U.S.-Russian Supersonic Testbed Scheduled For Nov. 29

A modified Russian supersonic passenger jet will fly for the first time in more than 20 years as part of a joint six-month flight research program between NASA, a U.S. industry team and the Russian aeronautics establishment.

The first flight of the supersonic Tu-144LL aircraft is scheduled for 11 a.m. local time at the Zhukovsky Airfield near Moscow. Photo and interview opportunities will be available throughout the day.

During six months of flight tests, the Tu-144LL will carry NASA-sponsored experiments in support of the agency's High-Speed Research (HSR) program. The experiments will be conducted in cooperation with the Russian Tupolev Design Bureau. The HSR program, begun in 1990, teams NASA and U.S. industry to develop technology for a High-Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) by the turn of the century. The U.S. industry team for the Tu-144 flight experiments is led by Boeing with help from McDonnell Douglas, Rockwell, Pratt & Whitney and GE. The HSR program in managed by NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

Media who need accreditation in Russia should contact Thomas Thomson at (7095) 941-8489 or (7095) 941-8659 (Fax).

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