NASA Helps in Battle Against COVID-19 with Ground Support at Armstrong Flight Research Center

NASA continues to help in the fight against COVID-19, working with various community members in the ongoing battle.

On January 11, the agency provided ground support for Samaritan’s Purse, giving the aid organization permission to land its DC-8 cargo jet at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center Building 703 in Palmdale, California.

The organization’s DC-8 arrived Monday with supplies to aid in Los Angeles County’s Emergency Field Hospital that expand Antelope Valley Hospital’s ability to care for COVID-19 patients.

NASA said the aircraft can carry up to 84,000 pounds of cargo and 32 passengers in support of international relief efforts.

NASA also flies a Douglas DC-8 as an airborne science laboratory in support of the agency’s Airborne Science program. NASA’s DC-8, based at Armstrong, is flown to collect data for experiments in support of projects serving the world’s scientific community.

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