Sarah Keegan Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1902) RELEASE: 01-124

June 27, 2001

U.S. CENTENNIAL OF FLIGHT COMMISSION AND AIAA'S EVOLUTION OF FLIGHT CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission and the Evolution of Flight Campaign of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) today announced their partnership to promote upcoming activities and events that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered, controlled flight in 2003 and the history and future of aviation. The partnership will capitalize on the Commission's mandate to serve as a national and international source of information about activities to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight on the sands at Kitty Hawk, NC, on December 17, 1903, and on AIAA's status as the world's largest professional/technical aerospace society. "We look forward to working closely with the AIAA Evolution of Flight Campaign in the celebration of the Wright brothers' achievements and a century of powered flight," said U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission Chair General John R. ("Jack") Dailey. "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to collaborate on engaging the American public and the world in a renewed appreciation of the technological marvel known as powered flight. No other innovation in the last century has so defined our time and initiated such technological advances as the airplane." "We are proud of the progress made in the first century of flight and look forward to partnering with the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission on an international campaign that will recognize the past and lay the groundwork for the next 100 years of aerospace innovation," said AIAA Executive Director Cort Durocher. The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission (COFC) was created by the U.S. Congress to advise the President, Congress and federal agencies on the most effective ways to encourage national and international commemoration of the achievements

of Orville and Wilbur Wright and the centennial of powered flight. The Commission hopes to generate enthusiasm for the commemoration by publicizing and fostering programs and events that will involve, educate and inspire the maximum number of people. The Web site of the Centennial of Flight Commission is at: AIAA launched the Evolution of Flight Campaign in May 1999. The Campaign's mission is to organize and facilitate a wide variety of regional, national and international communitybased events, designed to build a greater understanding about the contributions to society made by all facets of the aerospace community. More information about the Campaign is available at: The six members of the Centennial of Flight Commission represent the First Flight Centennial Foundation of North Carolina; Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003 of Ohio; aeronautical societies, foundations and organizations outside of Ohio and North Carolina, represented by the President of the Experimental Aircraft Association; the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum; the Federal Aviation Administration; and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Evolution of Flight Campaign operates through a partnership with The Boeing Company, GE Aircraft Engines, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins and Snecma. Advisors to the Campaign include retired astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, experimental test pilot A. Scott Crossfield, and three-time U.S. aerobatic champion Patty Wagstaff. Additional support to the Campaign is provided by Aviation Week's Next Century of Flight, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, the Dayton Air Show, the First Flight Centennial Commission, the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003, The Centennial Celebration and Microcosm, Inc. AIAA is the world's largest professional/technical aerospace society, leading content provider and information resource,

and principal voice, devoted to the progress of engineering and science in all aspects of aviation, space and defense -on behalf of industry, academia and government. -end-