Drucella Anderson Headquarters, Washington, D.C. July 11, 1991 (Phone: 202/453-2754) Linda S.

Ellis Lewis Research Center, Cleveland (Phone: 216/433-2900) H. Keith Henry Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. (Phone: 804/864-6120) Donald G. James Ames Research Center, Mountain View, Calif. (Phone: 415/604-3935) RELEASE: 91-110 NASA EXPANDS FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT AT EAA CONVENTION NASA returns to Oshkosh, Wis., July 26-Aug. 1, for the 39th Annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) International Fly-In Convention and Sport Aviation Exhibition with a new exhibit entitled "NASA: Expanding the Frontiers of Flight." The exhibit will showcase the innovative NASA technologies paving the way for tomorrow's aerospace vehicles. The exhibit also will highlight the high-tech aircraft and spacecraft that are increasing our knowledge of Earth and the universe today. Nearly 30 NASA speakers will participate in the convention's technical forums, addressing topics such as atmospheric lightning flight hazards and new propulsion systems for future supersonic transports. Supporting the NASA exhibit are representatives from the

agency's various aeronautics field centers: Ames Research Center, Mountain View, Calif.; Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, Calif.; Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.; and Lewis Research Center, Cleveland. Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., and Johnson Space Center, Houston, also will provide exhibit materials. - more -2Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., will provide its SARSAT van that tells the story of the Search and Rescue Satellite System. The always-popular AEROVAN traveling exhibit also will be at Oshkosh. In the NASA pavilion, visitors will discover how the agency's aeronautics research helps maintain America's leadership in the fiercely competitive aerospace marketplace. The displays describe advances in aerodynamics, materials, propulsion and supercomputers that will make U.S. aircraft fly higher, faster, farther and more efficiently. A highlight of the exhibit will be a 12-foot model of the latest design for the X-30 National Aero-Space Plane (NASP). This "ultimate X-plane" will take off horizontally like an aircraft, accelerate to 17,000-plus miles-per-hour and reach low Earth orbit, then return for a runway landing. NASA's "air force" includes more than just flight research vehicles. Visitors will become familiar with the agency's stable of flying science laboratories that roam the world to support atmospheric research and conduct Earth resources surveys and cosmic observations. The exhibit also will emphasize the remarkable achievements of NASA's space programs during the last year. Visitors will see spectacular images returned by the Magellan and the Galileo planetary explorers and the Hubble Space Telescope. There will be displays on past and future missions of the Space Shuttle, including a model of the Spacelab science module. And anyone who has always wanted to "kick the tires" of a Shuttle orbiter will have the opportunity -- almost. The NASA

exhibit will include a full-size tire typical of those used on the Shuttle's landing gear. NASA technology used in everyday life will be exhibited. Among the artifacts on display will be artificial knee and hip joints that may give patients a more active lifestyle with no joint deterioration for 20 to 30 years. In the craftsmanship area, technicians from various NASA centers will show how they fabricate test models and equipment, metal and composite structures and data-gathering devices. -endEDITORS NOTE: To reach a NASA public affairs representative at the EAA convention, phone 414/433-1922 or 414/235-5424. There will be an informal news media briefing and two public presentations by astronaut Steve Nagel during the convention, the time/date to be determined. AEROVAN and SARSAT spokespersons will be available for interviews during exhibit hours at their vans in front of the NASA Exhibit Building.