Drucella AndersenHeadquarters, Washington, D.C.July 15, 1994(Phone: 202/358-4733)H. Keith HenryLangley Research Center, Hampton, Va.(Phone: 804/864-6124)RELEASE: 94-118BOEING AND DOUGLAS TEAM UP IN HIGH-SPEED AERO CONTRACTNASA today announced the award of a $440 million contract thatmarks the first time America's two leading airplane manufacturershave teamed up to develop technologies for a potential futureU.S. High-Speed Civil Transport (HSCT).This precedent-setting action joins Boeing CommercialAirplane Group, Seattle, Wash., with McDonnell Douglas Aerospace,Long Beach, Calif., and other companies to develop airframetechnologies for aerodynamics, flight systems and materials andstructures."Developing the technologies for a future supersonicairliner that will be environmentally friendly and economicallysuccessful presents a major challenge and opportunity," saidLouis J. Williams, Director of NASA's High-Speed Research (HSR)program. "This contract effectively combines the expertise andcapabilities of U.S. industry to accomplish this goal," Williamssaid.Boeing has proposed that McDonnell Douglas serve as thecompany's principle subcontractor. By working together under asingle contract, the two companies will be able to reduceredundancies, lower costs and accelerate research, ensuring thatthe United States remains at the forefront in commercialaerospace competition.Boeing and McDonnell Douglas, along with General ElectricCorp. and Pratt & Whitney, previously had competed with NASA viaseparate contracts in the first phase of the NASA HSR program.Phase I was aimed at developing technologies to address importantenvironmental issues such as the reduction of noise and engineemissions.