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BOEING SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH SOVIET INSTITUTE

 BOEING SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH SOVIET INSTITUTE
 SEATTLE, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Commercial Airplane Group


announced today it has signed an agreement with the Soviet Union's Central Aero-Hydrodynamics Institute that will allow joint exploration of projects in the areas of aviation research and testing.
 Professor German I. Zagainov, director of the Central Aero- Hydrodynamics Institute, commonly referred to as TsAGI ("saw-ghee"), said, "I think that this agreement between Boeing, a leading worldwide aviation manufacturer, and TsAGI, one of the world's largest research centers dedicated to aeronautical science, is symbolic of efforts to bring our two countries closer together."
 The first project, to be conducted in mid-1992, will involve a generic aircraft model and is intended to evaluate the operation of a transonic wind tunnel and the accuracy of the data accumulated. The possibility of further use of TsAGI's facilities will be determined by Boeing analysis of that initial test.
 TsAGI's transonic wind tunnel has several unique capabilities, including the potential for testing at high "Reynolds" numbers while using "adaptive wall" techniques. "Reynolds" number is a measurement of the characteristics of airflow over a surface, in this case a wing. "Adaptive wall" techniques allow control of wind tunnel airflow by use of perforations in the side walls.
 TsAGI is a governmental flight research, development and test institute serving various components of the Soviet aviation industry, including design bureaus, manufacturing facilities and other research centers. Its headquarters and main facilities are in the aviation enter of Zhukovski on the outskirts of Moscow.
 TsAGI's primary responsibilities are fundamental, applied and experimental investigations in the field of strength, dynamics, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, acoustics and flying vehicles. The institute is also responsible for maintaining the majority of the USSR's wind tunnels .
 TsAGI played a significant role in the development of Soviet- manufactured passenger and cargo aircraft such as the IL-96-300, Tu-204, An-124 and An-225; fighter aircraft like the Mig-29 and Su-27; the large MI-26 helicopter; and the Soviet, reusable orbiter "Buran."
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