Among the many high-profile VIPs set to attend the upcoming Bahrain International Airshow 2018 (BIAS) is famed Col. Al Worden, USAF-Ret, who served as the Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot. As part of a global tour, Col. Worden will serve as a goodwill ambassador for the US aerospace industry at the upcoming airshow.
As part of his participation at the show, the former astronaut will address the Second Manama Air Power Symposium, which is expected to be attended by Chiefs of Air Staff from across the globe. Additionally, Col. Worden will conduct presentations for a group of representatives from the Royal Bahrain Air Force and a Bahrain University. The presentations will highlight the benefits of multilateral cooperation in aerospace and space exploration.
The tour was organised in close collaboration with the airshow’s event organisers, as well as Kallman Worldwide, the US representative and organiser of the USA Partnership Pavilion at aerospace and defence events.
Kallman President and CEO Tom Kallman said: “As one of just 24 people to have flown to the Moon — only 12 of whom are still with us on Earth — Col. Worden’s first-ever visit to Bahrain creates new opportunities to encourage sustainable science, industry and business partnerships between our countries.
“His experience and accomplishments uniquely qualify him to address the dynamic engineering challenges faced by all industries competing in today’s global economy, particularly in aviation and aerospace.”
Col. Worden participated in the Apollo 15 mission back 1971, in which he performed the first deep Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA), or spacewalk, roughly 196,000 miles from Earth.
Commenting on his upcoming experience, Col. Worden, said: “Just as Apollo’s success was the result of a collective, sustained national effort, Bahrain’s investments in engineering excellence and infrastructure, including BIAS and its National Space Science Agency, affirm the Kingdom’s long-term goals and commitment to achieve them.
“Nation-to-nation, generation-to-generation, I believe we share the same values for discipline, risk-taking and partnership to break through barriers,” he added.
The upcoming Bahrain International Airshow 2018 is set to be held at the Sakhir Air Base from the 14 – 16 November.