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Mary Sandy

Headquarters, Washington, D.C. June 20 , 1990
(Phone: 202/453-2754)

Nancy Lovato
Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, Calif.
(Phone: 805/258-3448)

RELEASE: 90-84

NASA/USAF X-29 RESEARCH AIRCRAFT SET FOR PUBLIC VIEWING

The NASA/USAF X-29 forward-swept-wing research aircraft is
scheduled for its first public display, away from its Southern
California base, at two major air shows in July.

The X-29's first appearance will be at the Dayton, Ohio, air
show from July 19-22. Subsequently, the aircraft will be
displayed at the Experimental Aircraft Association's
International Convention and Sports Aviation Exhibition, Oshkosh,
Wis., July 27-Aug. 2.

The airplane is the first of two X-29s built to obtain
flight information on the unusual wing design and various other
technologies, including the extensive use of light weight,
composite materials in the wing's construction. Flight testing
has proved that the forward-swept-wing design is practical.

There will be no aerial demonstration of the X-29 at either
air show. NASA and Air Force personnel will be available at the
display sites to answer questions.

During its 4-year flight test program, the first X-29 flew
242 missions -- a record number for an X-series high-performance
aircraft. It has been in storage since December 1988. The
second X-29 is continuing to gather data in a high
angle-of-attack flight research program.
The joint NASA/USAF program is managed by NASA's Ames-Dryden
Flight Research Facility, Edwards, Calif., and the Wright
Research and Development Center, Air Force Flight Dynamics
Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency sponsored development of the
X-29. Grumman Aircraft Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., manufactured the
two aircraft.
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Stephen D. Ishmael, Ames-Dryden Chief X-29 Research Pilot,
will fly the aircraft to Dayton and Oshkosh. Other pilots
currently flying the X-29 are NASA's Rogers E. Smith, Grumman's
Rod Womer and Air Force Major Dana D. Purifoy.

The X-29 is 48-feet long with a 27-foot wingspan and is
powered by a single General Electric F404-GE-400 engine. Its
paint scheme, white with a broad accent stripe of dark blue on
its fuselage and wings outlined in red, emphasizes the plane's
unique wing configuration.

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