All images are available as electronic files only. See URL's below. -- Photographed 07/28/2003 through 08/03/2003 -- Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) - AirVenture 2003. L2004-123 through L2004-125: Educational displays. L2004-126 through L2004-36: ER-2 aircraft. A NASA high-altitude ER-2 environmental research jet aircraft arrived at Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 29, 2003 to take part in the world's larest aviation event, AirVenture 2003. The ER-2, built on the same assembly line as Air Force U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, is used for atmospheric sampling and environmental research. Its duties include flights to remote locations where meteorites have fallen to Earth, sweeping the sky to see if particles of these from space can be collected for research before the trail goes cold. The NASA ER-2 is capable of flight above 70,000 ft. It has been used for replicating accuracy of instrumentation on those satellites. Two ER-2's are based at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California's Mojave Desert. The flight from Dryden to Oshkosh took four hours at an altitude of 65,000 ft. AirVenture, an event of the Experimental Aircraft Association runs from July 29 to August 4, 2003 and is expected to draw as many as 800.000 visitors. NASA has exhibits and aircraft on display at this major show. L2004-137 - L2004-152: EAA Exhibits. L2004-153 - L2004-165: EAA Forums (Dryden). L2004-166 - L2004-175: Artist Robert T. McCall discussed the motivation for his new NASA century-of-flight mural during unveiling ceremonies July 30, 2003 at the EAA convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A panoramic mural commissioned by NASA to depict highlights of the first century of flight was unveiled at the world's largest aviation event, the Experimental Aircraft Associations AirVenture - Oshkosh convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The mural, by aviation artist Robert McCall, measures six by 18 feet. McCall was on hand with NASA Dryden Flight Research Center director Kevin Peterson and Experimental Aircraft Association prosident Tom Poberezny for the official unveiling at Noon July 30, 2003. The painting depicts a host of milestone aircraft and spacecraft swirling around the original Wright Flyer, symbolically airborne in front of the sun at the dawn of the age of flight. In the foreground, fliers ranging from a happy-go-lucky aviator of World War One to a pair of free-floating astronauts, anonymous behind the reflective shields of their helmets, depict the people who animate the vehicles in the painting. The mural entitled "Celebrating One Hundred Years of Powered Flight, 1903-2003" will be exhibited at the EAA as part fo the commemorationof a century of flight and eventually will go on permanent display at NASA's Dryeden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base in California. NASA Dryden director Keven Persoen aid: " This is an exciting day for us. The painting...has been years in the making. The events it records were a centyr in the making. But this is a celebration of the future yet to be." Tom Poberezny said he was proud NASA chose to unveil the mural at AirVenture, "Experimental Aircraft Association has valued the relationship it has with NASA,"he said. Robert McCall told the audience he enjoys the awe fo flight. He said he likes to think humanity is still just experiencing the beginnings of flight. L2004-176 - L2004-177: NASA Fuel Cells. L2004-179 - L2004-180: NASA group photo. L2004-181 - L2004-189: F-18 AAW. L2004-190 - L2004-201: Miscellaneous air show photo (non-NASA). L2004-202 - L2004-207: Powerline damage. L2004-208 - L2004-210: SATS -- Publication note: Abstracts were taken from www.nasa.gov/news by Frederick A. Hohnsen, News Chief at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.
Wisconsin Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) Edwards Air Force Base California