Apollo 15 CMP Al Worden to Attend Bahrain Airshow

In conjunction with the Bahrain International Airshow 2018, U.S. astronaut/scientist/inventor will address industry, military and student leaders, encouraging multilateral partnership to “break through barriers”

Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain and Waldwick, NJ, USA/October 18, 2018 — Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot, Col. Al Worden, USAF-Ret., will make his first visit to Bahrain next month as a goodwill ambassador for the U.S. aerospace industry, particularly American companies participating in the Bahrain International Airshow 2018 (BIAS) at Sakhir Air Base, November 14-16.

Worden’s week-long schedule includes official appearances at the event, the fastest-growing airshow in the Middle East, as well as participation in coinciding military and student programs. Worden will address the Second Manama Air Power Symposium, which will be attended by Chiefs of Air Staff from around the world on the eve of the airshow. He will also make presentations to a gathering of the Royal Bahrain Air Force and a Bahrain University audience, all to promote multilateral cooperation in aerospace and space exploration.

The tour is being led, in coordination with event organizers, by Kallman Worldwide, Inc., the United States representative and organizer of the USA Partnership Pavilion at aerospace and defense events around the world for more than three decades, including BIAS 2018. Kallman has partnered with Worden and a coalition of industry supporters since 2015 to promote excellence in engineering “from classrooms to careers.”

“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,” said Kallman President and CEO Tom Kallman. “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.”

The Apollo 15 mission flew in the summer of 1971, and is widely regarded as the most scientific manned flight to the lunar surface. Among Worden’s accomplishments on that flight, he performed the first deep space Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) — a “spacewalk” 196,000 miles from Earth.

In the decades following his historic mission, Col. Worden has applied his business acumen, technical talents and pioneering spirit to a wide range of interests in industry, academia and public service. In particular, he is an active, hands-on advocate for the current and future engineering workforce — in all disciplines — and the communities in which they live and work around the world.

Looking ahead to his first visit to the country, Worden said he sees clear parallels between the successes of Apollo and Bahrain’s aerospace ambitions.

“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,” said Worden. “Nation-to-nation, generation-to-generation, I believe we share the same values for discipline, risk-taking and partnership to break through barriers.”


As the fastest growing airshow in the Middle East. BIAS offers unprecedented business networking opportunities via its three-day military and commercial delegations program, a focused conference program, on-floor knowledge theatre, and an exhibition hall situated in the hangar. With 11 out of the top 15 global aviation companies expected to attend this year, Bahrain’s strategic location positions it as a key access point to the $1.5 trillion Gulf market, where the Kingdom offers direct access to the GCC’s largest market, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Established in 1963, Kallman Worldwide creates unique opportunities for U.S. companies to strengthen business relationships around the world by maximizing their impact at international trade shows. With its flagship USA Partnership Pavilion, end-to-end exhibitor services, custom stand-building and corporate hospitality programs, Kallman has helped more than 10,000 companies, associations and government agencies “export with purpose and exhibit with confidence” at over 1,500 industry and professional events in 46 countries. The company is a strategic partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and a proud recipient of the President’s “E” Award for its role in helping to increase U.S. exports. Kallman Worldwide is headquartered in Waldwick, N.J., and staffs a Latin America office in Santiago, Chile. For more information visit www.kallman.com.

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