MOJAVE — As a NASA engineer working in Russia shortly after the end of the Cold War, Glenn Bever found he needed more than his technical skills to navigate the environment of a joint research program where his colleagues spoke no English and had only recently seen each other as adversaries.

Between 1995 and 1999, Bever was on-site in Moscow working to get a retired Tu-144 supersonic transport airplane flying again and outfitted to support NASA’s High Speed Research Program. The Tu-144 was an early competitor to the Concorde.

Bever has collected his experiences in a book, “Russian Encounters,” and will share the stories in person on Saturday at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

The presentation begins at 11 a.m. in the board room, in the Administration Build­ing at the end of Air­port Boulevard.

Seating is limited and visitors are asked to RSVP to

Bever will have some copies of his book on Saturday, and a book-signing event is scheduled at 1 p.m. May 25 at the Barnes & Noble in Palmdale, 39228 10th St. West.

Plane Crazy Saturday is a monthly gathering of aviation enthusiasts pre­sent­ed by the Mojave Trans­portation Museum Foun­dation.

The free, family-friend­ly educational event feat­ures a flight line filled with aircraft of varied types and vintages, avail­able for visitors to see up-close.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ad­mis­sion to the flight line with its displays is through the Voy­ager restaurant, in the Administration buil­ding. The restaurant opens for break­fast at 8 a.m.

Dogs and other an­im­als, other than ser­vice animals, are not per­mitted on the flight line.

Aviation and space art, hats, shirts, books and col­lect­ibles will be av­ail­able for sale.

Bever spent his entire 42-year career at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, where he was named the center’s first emeritus engineer and still keeps a hand in aerospace research.

He retired as the deputy director for research and engineering, and previously served as chief of the flight instrumentation and flight systems branch.

Among the many projects during his four decades, he served as chief engineer for the F-18 Automated Aerial Refueling and C-17 research flight computing system projects.

Much of his career involved developing embedded systems for research aircraft, including everything from an Army OV-1 propeller aircraft to supersonic fighters and the SR-71.

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