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UPDATE #54 - March 5, 1999

PART 1: Upcoming Chat
PART 2: Project News
PART 3: Lots of excitement! Lots of Calm
PART 4: Happy New Year!
PART 5: Subscribing & Unsubscribing: How to do it

* * * * SPECIAL EVENT * * * *

Wright Flyer Online Presents:

Live from the Wright Flyer Wind Tunnel Test

March 9, 10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific (1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern)

See the sights of the AIAA 1903 Wright Flyer Model in the wind

Join the chat about what kind of data is being obtained --

What have the engineers learned from the preliminary results?

Video on the National Full Scale Aeronautics Facility at Ames Research

Meet Craig Hange, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center.
Craig will be taking questions in the Chat Room on day of
the event.

To Attend: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ltc/adto/wfo2.html

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QuestChats require pre-registration. Unless otherwise noted, registration
is at:  http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting

Wednesday, March 10, 1999, 10 AM Pacific Time: Steve Bauman, mechanical

Currently, Steve is trying to figure out how to prevent models
mounted in the 8x6 wind tunnel at John Glenn Research Center (formerly
Lewis Research Center) from bouncing around during a test. He is also
helping to design and build a new facility that will test jet engine
combustors, which is a part where fuel is squirted in and ignited.

Read Steve Bauman's profile prior to joining this chat.

Thursday, March 11, 1999, 10 AM Pacific Time: Fred Culick, project

Fred Culick teaches aerodynamics at CalTech and has assisted
with testing of the Wright Flyer. He has tested an 8 percent scale model
of the Wright Flyer in a wind tunnel at CalTech.

Read Fred Culick's profile prior to joining this chat.


AIAA 1903 Wright Flyer Wind Tunnel Test at the National Full-scale
Aeronautics Complex at NASA Ames Research Center begins March 1, 1999
Read the daily log from Test Manager Pete Zell.
See beautiful daily photos taken by Liza Coe at

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March Creative Writing Contest

Welcome all entrants grades K-12! Think about what the 1903 Wright Flyer
Model feels like! A bit of
anthropromorphizing just for fun!

For details go to

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Teacher Forum on Wind Tunnel Data Lessons

We have set up a forum for teachers with questions about the
Wind Tunnel Data Lessons, http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/wright/teachers/.
This is similar to a bulletin board. You can post questions and
we'll get back to you by posting the answers. Check this link at:

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Wind Tunnel Data Lesson Plans
Prepare to interact with the Data from the AIAA 1903 Wright Flyer wind
tunnel test using these lesson plans.

     Know all the Angles - for Grades 4-8 (Elementary)

            PDF Version

     Getting the Wright Pitch - for Grades 6-8 (Middle School)

            Getting the Wright Pitch PDF Version

            Watch Your Attitude - for Grades 6-8 (Middle School)

      Up, Up and Away - for Grades 9-12 (High School)

            PDF Version

Some of these lesson plans are in Portable Document Format (PDF). They
contain text formatting and are suitable for printing. To view and/or
print these files, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. This
software is free and easily available on the Web. Visit Adobe's website to
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Once you have installed Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, you simply
need to double-click on the file you wish to view and Adobe Acrobat Reader
will automatically open up for you to view the file.

When you are viewing the PDF file in Acrobat Reader you can easily print
the file by using the pull down menus: File, Print...

[Editor's Note: This week has gone by quickly! In other words, you get a journal from your friendly Wright Flyer Online Manager Susan Lee to read. ]

Lots of excitement, Lots of calm!

by Susan Lee

March 5, 1999

This week began with a flurry of excitement. Members of the Los Angeles
Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics began
to arrive. The final instrumentation was installed and then calibrated.
The model was installed on the balance. The balance was check loaded one
more time and the roll stop was set.

To get all that done the engineers and technicians had to be calm and
efficient. The wind tunnel crew is very experienced, and their to do list
disappeared rapidly. The two computer systems even began to talk to one
another. Now they are waiting to collect the data.

Wednesday, March 3 was "Media Day". That meant the press was invited and
to see the flyer and to take pictures and interview the engineers. All the
preparation was very exciting. But getting up for the early morning
television interviews left people tired by the end of the day. I think
most people would have rather finished preparing for the test but it's
important to share the excitement of the 1903 Wright Flyer test with the

After all the cameras, microwave relays, reporters and NASA TV
folks left, it was back to business. Friday was quiet because most of the
techs work a compressed work week. I walked up to the test area after four
days of steady commotion and there was no one there. It's all calm and
quiet until next week.

[Editor's Note: Ray Oyung is the Research Coordinator for the Fatigue Countermeasures Program. He wrote before about testing the astronauts. Read his bio at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/ray.html ]


by Ray Oyung

February 26, 1999

We're entering the year of the Rabbit, and a co-worker the other day gave
me a description for the animals in the lunar calendar.  The Rabbit is
apparently the most fortunate of the bunch.  Characteristics include being
a smooth talker and ambitious.  Any Rabbits out there (1903, 1915, 1927,
1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, and 1999)?

In addition to the work at NASA, I'm also a member of Kei Lun Martial
Arts, and the San Francisco Wooshoo Team.  Since the early weeks of
February, our team has been performing lion dance and martial arts
exhibitions all over the Bay Area for Chinese New Year.   I think we've
completed our 24th show of the season and some of the places we have been
include several elementary schools, universities, senior citizen centers,
Caesar's Tahoe, Grace Cathedral, San Jose Center for Performing Arts, and
San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts.

Lion dancing is one of those things you might have seen on TV or in a
parade during this time of year with the lion dancing to the beat of drums
and symbols.  The lion symbolizes good luck and good fortune for the rest                           
of the year and is actually a mythical creature (these lions have a horn
on top of the head).  There are different objects on these creatures that
bring good luck and ward off evil spirits including a mirror on the
forehead, and chinese green onions on top of the head.  You can also tell
the age of the lion by the color of the hair.  Our lion is quite young,
but if you see one with white hair, you'll know its  pretty old.  Also,
these lions are friendly and stay on a strictly vegetarian diet, so not to
worry. . .they wont gobble up kids for dinner!

Although it takes up quite a bit of time, there are many reasons why I
doit.  For one, it's fun seeing the faces of people young and not so young
enjoying our performances while clapping their hands to the music and
having a good time.   A bigger reason is more on the cultural side.  It
serves as a reminder of my heritage and provides a mechanism to help me
appreciate who I am and where I came from.

Gung Hay Fot Choy!


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