HQ 94-39 / Boeing 757

From:         sdd@larc.nasa.gov (Steve Derry)
Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA  USA
Date:         10 Mar 94 02:40:06 PST
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Drucella Andersen
Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
March 9, 1994
(Phone:  202/358-4733)

H. Keith Henry
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
(Phone:  804/864-6124)


RELEASE:  94-39

NASA ACQUIRES BOEING 757 FOR AERONAUTICAL FLIGHT RESEARCH

NASA is scheduled to take delivery on March 24 of a Boeing 757-200 
aircraft that will serve as a "flying laboratory" for aeronautical 
research.  The aircraft will be modified extensively for a broad range of 
flight research programs to benefit the U.S. aviation industry and 
commercial airline customers. 

The aircraft will be used to conduct research to increase aircraft 
safety, operating efficiency and compatibility with future air traffic 
control systems.  It will serve as a vital research tool in support of 
the agency's Advanced Subsonic Transport and High-Speed Research 
programs.  

The 757 will continue the work begun by the NASA 737-100 in state-of-the-
art technologies such as electronic cockpit displays, flight management 
systems and flight safety devices such as airborne windshear detection 
sensors.  Current and projected research needs greatly exceed the 
capabilities of the 737. 

The NASA 757 was located after an extensive survey of the jet airliner 
market.  It was used by Boeing for Federal Aviation Administration 
certification of the 757 class of jet airliners.  The second generation, 
digitally-equipped transport designated N501EA, will be obtained from the 
Eastern Airline bankruptcy estate.  

NASA is acquiring the aircraft for $24 million, to be paid over 2 fiscal 
years.  The 757 will be maintained and flown by NASA's Langley Research 
Center, Hampton, Va.