Sarah Keegan Headquarters, Washington (Phone: 202/358-1902) RELEASE: 01-233

Nov. 26, 2001

U.S. CENTENNIAL OF FLIGHT COMMISSION AND EAA ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission (COFC) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) -- the world's leading recreational aviation organization, based in Wisconsin -- have signed a memorandum of agreement to jointly publicize the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight in 2003. As a result of this agreement, the COFC will provide national outreach support for the EAA's "Countdown to Kitty Hawk" campaign. In turn, the EAA will help promote the Commission's national campaign, called "Centennial of Flight: Born of dreams. Inspired by freedom." The EAA has developed an ambitious program to celebrate the centennial. At the core of its plan for 2003 is the construction, documentation and testing of the only historically accurate and flyable 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction. The EAA's cross-country tour of the Wright Flyer will conclude on the sands of Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Dec. 17, 2003. The world will watch in anticipation as the reproduction Wright Flyer attempts to recreate the monumental first flight at the exact time and place 100 years later. "The Wright brothers represent innovation, dedication and a sense of adventure -- the same qualities that lie at the heart of the Experimental Aircraft Association and its members," said Tom Poberzny, President of the EAA. "We look forward to bringing that historic moment back to life on Dec. 17, 2003, from the sands of Kitty Hawk." "One of the Commission's fundamental tasks is to educate the public about the centennial," COFC Chairman General J.R. ("Jack") Dailey said. "The EAA's touring of the reproduction Flyer is an important educational tool because it is so historically accurate. Our hope is that the reconstructed Flyer reignites the spirit of adventure and innovation that

existed in the Wright brothers 100 years ago." The U.S. Congress created the COFC to coordinate the celebration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight. The Commission's national awareness campaign will promote activities --such as the EAA's "Countdown to Kitty Hawk" -that commemorate the past 100 years of flight. Organizations that work closely with the COFC will receive recognition as participants in the national campaign. A complete listing of centennial events and more information on the COFC can be found on the Internet at: More information on EAA and "Countdown to Kitty Hawk" is available at: and More information also is available from Christian Markow, U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission, at 804/675-8153, and Randal Dietrich, Experimental Aircraft Association, at 920/426-6129. -end-