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Guam Airport hosts NASA high-altitude research plane

By Pete Rapalus, November 02, 2016

We hosted a NASA research team of about 45 people during most of October in our maintenance hangar at Guam International Airport for flights of a high-altitude WB-57F aircraft studying the upper atmosphere, and many employees were invited to drop by to see the aircraft, and talk to the scientists and support personnel.

High-altitude WB-57F aircraftPhoto courtesy of Guam Line Maintenance Manager Rudy Capistrano

The WB-57F arrived on October 9, and is scheduled to leave Guam on the last day of the month. It carries instruments crucial to the Pacific Oxidants, Sulfur, Ice, Dehydration, and cONvection (POSIDON) Experiment, which studies chemistry, cirrus clouds and dehydration in the tropical upper troposphere and lower stratosphere over the western Pacific.

Employees Exploring NASA AircraftPhoto courtesy of Guam Line Maintenance Manager Rudy Capistrano

The POSIDON mission provided scientists a unique opportunity to make high-altitude aircraft measurements in an important part of the atmosphere. These observations will improve predictions of future changes in climate and the ozone layer.

NASA Research Team Member in AircraftPhoto courtesy of Guam Line Maintenance Manager Rudy Capistrano

Guam Line Maintenance Manager Rudy Capistrano said the team's mission and instrumentation were fascinating to observe at such close proximity, and along with station management he thanked NASA for allowing employees to see the aircraft up close and meet the team members.

"This has been a great experience for us, and we would gladly welcome NASA back in the future," Capistrano said.

Employees observe POSIDON projectPhoto courtesy of NASA

"It was interesting to be able to meet the scientists and talk with them about the research they were doing," said Technical Operations Commercial Sales Manager Lu Brigham, who helped arrange the residency. "The plane was fascinating — it was smaller than one of our regional jets, but with a very large wingspan, and had just enough room for two people and the research instruments. The plane flies so high the two on board have to wear pressurized suits like astronauts."

Marilyn Vasques is the POSIDON Project Manager and the POSIDON Project Scientist is Eric Jensen of the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California. In addition to Capistrano and Guam Facilities Manager Chuck Sova, Lu credited a number of other co-workers who were central to the endeavor, especially Government Contracts Attorney Karen Botterud and Associate General Counsel Matt Wexley; Risk Management Insurance Managers Rose Anne Gillespie and Lori Wade; Tech Ops Sales Contract Manager Michelle Freeman; Corporate Security Regional Manager Tom Berkemeyer and Micronesia Sales Senior Manager Paula Monk

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A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

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Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

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"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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