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UW Research Aircraft Draws Interest at Frontier Days Event

August 4, 2017
Attendees of the Wyoming Air National Guard Open House event tour UW's King Air research aircraft.
Attendees of the Wyoming Air National Guard Open House event tour UW's King Air research aircraft. (Photo courtesy Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire)

The University of Wyoming's research aircraft was a popular attraction for attendees of the Wyoming National Guard open house for the 2017 Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration.

UW’s King Air was on display at the event July 26 at the 153rd Airlift Wing of the Wyoming Air National Guard. The King Air (tail number N2UW) is a specially instrumented Textron Beechcraft King Air 200T (twin engine turbo-prop) modified specifically to conduct atmospheric research.

The King Air was available to the public for tours, along with other research facilities supported by the National Science Foundation, with facility staff on hand to answer questions about the aircraft. There was a large turnout for the aircraft display, with attendees consistently interested in touring the King Air and learning about its research instrumentation, along with the university's involvement in the atmospheric science research community.

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