AHS International to Recognize NASA Langley for Advancing Vertical Flight

By Staff Writer | May 6, 2015

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will be at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., Friday, May 8 to participate in a ceremony recognizing Langley’s decades of contributions to improving helicopters and other vertical flight aircraft.


NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., has done research on helicopters and other vertical flight aircraft almost since the laboratory was founded in 1917, including this Sikorsky HNS-1 that was tested in the Langley Full-Scale Tunnel in 1944. Photo courtesy of NASA

During the ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. EDT, the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International will formally name Langley a Vertical Flight Heritage Site. Bolden and Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington, will accept the designation on behalf of the agency. Hampton Mayor George Wallace and AHS International executive director Mike Hirschberg also will attend.


AHS International will present Langley with a plaque that states: "Since its establishment in 1917 as the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, the Langley Research Center has performed groundbreaking research to advance the state of the art in vertical flight."

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