Sarah Keegan Headquarters, Washington (Phone: 202/358-1902) RELEASE: 02-209

October 29, 2002

VIRGINIA AIR & SPACE CENTER, DGVF PRODUCTIONS JOIN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION The Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton and Texasbased DGVF Productions recently signed agreements with the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission to become part of the yearlong celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first powered flight. As a result of the memoranda of agreement, the two organizations will become an official part of the "Centennial of Flight: Born of Dreams -- Inspired by Freedom" celebration and will help promote the national commemoration. The Commission will, in turn, provide outreach support to the Virginia Air & Space Center and DGVF Productions. "The Virginia Air & Space Center and DGVF Productions will be wonderful additions to the centennial commemoration," said Sherry Foster, executive director of the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. "Both organizations are providing educational material about aviation and the Wright brothers that will reach the public during the centennial year and beyond," she said. The Virginia Air & Space Center ( has served as a leading source for informal science education -from engaging permanent exhibits and interactive traveling exhibits to inspirational educational programs -- for nearly ten years. The Center's efforts will continue in 2003, when it will open a new Aviation Exhibit Hall highlighting the origins of flight and the city of Hampton Roads' significant role in commercial, general and military aviation. In 2003, the Center will house a series of interactive exhibits to tell the story of the Wright brothers, including a full-scale reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer and the Wright Brothers' Bicycle Shop; "The Wright Brothers' Propeller Exhibit," a wind tunnel exhibit; and a Wing Warper component.

Visitors to the Center can "wing walk" on a re-created Jenny, see a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer, explore a DC-9, take off and land on a U.S. Navy carrier, ride in a World War II bomber, become an air traffic controller, build an airplane, sit inside the cockpit of a F-22, and test their flying skills with a variety of simulators. Through hands-on exhibits, programs and demonstrations, the Center will offer students a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the history of Orville and Wilbur to the latest NASA journey to space, the museum encourages visitors to discover and explore 100 years of powered flight. DGVF Productions (, which has been producing national award-winning broadcast and educational programming for nearly 20 years, is producing "Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention," scheduled to air on PBS in 2003. Three years in the making, the two-hour documentary promises to tell the technical story of the Wright brothers' inventive process while offering insight into their lives in Dayton, Ohio, and North Carolina. The program draws on the expertise of over a dozen Wright brothers historians, including Dr. Tom Crouch, chairman of the First Flight Centennial Advisory Board. An estimated 75 percent of all households in the United States will have the opportunity to view DGVF's program, which is scheduled for completion in early 2003. The production will also be released on video and DVD, assuring years of additional exposure through the general public, libraries and schools. "Our documentary is an inspirational story that will celebrate the first flight and the contributions that flight has made to our world," said David Garrigus, president of DGVF Productions. "We are excited to work with the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission and appreciate the opportunity to become part of the national celebration," he said. The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission was created by Congress to expand national and international interest in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight

through a national awareness campaign, "Centennial of Flight: Born of Dreams -- Inspired by Freedom." More information about the Centennial of Flight celebration and details about the events being planned may be found online at More information also is available from Christian Markow of the Commission on 804/675-8153 or -end-