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    AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of Its 2011-2012 Graduate Team Aircraft Design Competition
    Team Representatives to Present Design at AIAA Conference

    September 13, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation (AIAA Foundation) has announced that its 2011–2012 Graduate Team Aircraft Design Competition has been won by Team “Ghost” from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.

    A representative of the team will present the team’s design at the 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference, September 17–19, in Indianapolis, Ind.

    The competition required teams to design a next-generation, long-range strategic bomber for the United States Air Force. The design specifications required designers to plan for a two-person crew, and stipulated that the bomber would have to be capable of carrying between 20,000 and 50,000 pounds of ordnance. Additionally, the bomber was required to be easily converted to carry nuclear weapons, and be capable of being based at any U.S. Air Force base.

    Members of Team “Ghost” included: Richard Boles, Darin Gaytan, Keith Holmlund, Sean Keil, Azadeh Keyvani, Geoff Legg, Andrew Levinson, Alan Liu, Jorge Montoya, and Michael Zarem. Charles Radovich was the faculty advisor, and Geoff Spedding was the chairman and project advisor.

    For more information on the AIAA Foundation Graduate Team Aircraft Design Competition, please contact Rachel Andino at 703.264.7577 or  Media Contact: Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or

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