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Following a three-year hiatus, Edwards Air Force Base is once again
holding an open house and air show on Saturday, Oct. 17. As in past
events, NASA‚?Ts Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards will be part
of the activities.

In addition to military and privately owned aircraft that will be
featured, a number of aircraft from NASA Dryden are currently
scheduled to fly during the air show, including the high-altitude
ER-2, the civil variant of the Air Force U-2S reconnaissance
aircraft. Other NASA aircraft on the flight schedule include an
F/A-18, an F-15, a Gulfstream III and the unique YO-3 Quiet Star.

The Boeing Company‚?Ts X-48B Blended Wing Body aircraft, currently in
flight test at NASA Dryden, made its first public appearance at the
Edwards open house in 2006. The sub-scale X-48B is again planned to
be part of the static displays this year in Hangar 1600, as part of
the NASA Dryden exhibit. NASA‚?Ts Global Hawk and Ikhana (Predator B)
unmanned aircraft systems will also be in the same location. Outside,
one of NASA‚?Ts modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, along with
several other current or retired NASA research aircraft such as the
F-16XL, an F-16, the NF-15B, an F/A-18 aircraft and a T-34, will be
on display.

For those with interests in the heavens, the NASA Dryden exhibit will
feature a display about the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared
Astronomy, or SOFIA, now in development at the Dryden Aircraft
Operations Facility in Palmdale. The SOFIA incorporates a highly
modified Boeing 747SP containing the world‚?Ts largest airborne
infrared telescope, a high-tech instrument built in Germany. To help
Edwards open house attendees see how infrared astronomy works, a
camera will be set up for visitors to see how they appear in the
infrared spectrum.

Other highlights of the NASA exhibit in Bldg. 1600 include a display
about the famed X-15 rocket plane that 50 years ago redefined the
limits of aviation and contributed to the success of the Apollo
moon-landing program. An F-15 cockpit simulator will allow visitors
to picture themselves in the pilot‚?Ts seat lifting off the runways at
Edwards. A functional model will demonstrate how wind tunnels are
used for researching different aircraft shapes or aerodynamics.

A number of rotating videos, including those featuring the remotely
piloted Ikhana and X-48B Blended Wing Body aircraft and the Global
Hawk autonomous aircraft will be shown. In addition, Dryden life
support technician Jim Sokolik will demonstrate a full pressure suit
that is worn by pilots of high-altitude aircraft. Sokolik will
explain how the pressure suit works, why it is required and the
changes that have been made to newer designs.

Dryden education office representatives will be on hand to provide
information about NASA education programs and the Dryden Gift Shop
also will have a presence at the event. Youngsters will enjoy have
their photo taken at a photo kiosk, where they can be pictured in a
space suit on either the moon or Mars.

Adjacent to the NASA exhibit, representatives of scholastic robotics
teams that are a part of the For Inspiration and Recognition of
Science and Technology ‚?" FIRST ‚?" program will demonstrate their

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