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'Aerospace Design - The Art of Engineering' Exhibit Now Open at EAA AirVenture Museum

 

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (June 8, 2007) — Some of the finest and most artistic aerospace models created and used by NASA engineers in the advancement of aeronautics are now on display at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, part of a new exhibit titled "Aerospace Design: The Art of Engineering from NASA's Aeronautical Research."

Created by NASA and the Art Institute of Chicago, "Aerospace Design" was constructed in 2003 to commemorate the centennial of the Wright brothers' first flight on December 17, 1903. The exhibit highlights the creativeness of NASA designers and is displayed in a historical timeline of wind tunnel research.

The artistic arrangement, on display at EAA through October, combines more than 70 objects from aeronautical and wind tunnel history that NASA and early flight engineers used in their research. The collection is an engineering chronology of aerospace feats from the 1920s to today.

Artifacts in the exhibit date back to NASA's forerunner, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which was created in 1915. NACA wind tunnel models include some early innovations, such as a handcrafted mahogany biplane from the "Golden Years" of aviation when flight was just gaining momentum.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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