Michael Braukus Headquarters, Washington, DC December 16, 1998 (Phone: 202/358-1979) Lorie Dankers Department of Transportation, Washington

, DC (Phone: 202/366-5565) Marcia Adams Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/267-8521) RELEASE: 98-224 DOT, FAA AND NASA COMMEMORATE WRIGHT BROTHERS' 95TH ANNIVERSARY The Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA will commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight with an aviation education event for nearly 200 area students. The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST in the FAA auditorium, third floor, 800 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC. "As we enter into the next century, it is important to have a skilled workforce. Historic events like these help introduce students to transportation careers and help them to understand what knowledge and abilities they will need to enter the high-tech transportation field," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater. This celebration will link education programs the agencies have in place -- Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Futures Program and NASA CONNECT -- to encourage students to think about transportation careers and to illustrate how math and science are used in real life. The NASA CONNECT instructional television series will focus on navigation for this anniversary program. A segment called "Wherever You Go, There You Are" will be broadcast live, including participation from this Washington event, to PBS stations across the country from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EST on Dec. 17. Following the live broadcast, winners of the Wright Brothers

Poetry, Art and Music Contest will receive a poster depicting aviation pioneers by artist Frank Kulczak. Senator John Glenn, NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin and FAA Administrator Jane F. Garvey will sign the poster. A highlight of the event will be an opportunity for students to speak with some of aviation's real pioneers: Bill Broadwater, Tuskegee Airman and a retired FAA controller, and Christopher Hart, FAA Assistant Administrator for System Safety. "The Space Shuttle on its way to the International Space Station, a spacecraft on its way to Mars, and an aircraft that flies safer than ever before all have one thing in common: They are made possible by people who studied and excelled in math and science," said Goldin. "If our nation's young people understand the importance of these subjects, there is no doubt America will reach its destination of greatness in the 21st Century." "Throughout its history, the aviation industry has succeeded and thrived largely because of the vision and dedication of pioneers like Orville and Wilbur Wright. Aviation's continued success depends on the ability of our next generation of aviators, today's youth, to keep the Wright brother's legacy alive," said Garvey. The event will include industry representatives from the Experimental Aircraft Association, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association and the National Air Transportation Association. Area schools participating in the activities include: Thomas Jefferson High School, Fairfax, VA; Thomas Edison High School, Springfield, VA; Tuckahoe Elementary School, Arlington, VA; Bradbury Heights Elementary School, Capitol Heights, MD; District Heights Elementary School, District Heights, MD; Doswell Brooks Elementary School, Capitol Heights, MD; Concord Elementary School, Capitol Heights, MD; Shadyside Elementary School, Shadyside, MD; Hyattsville Middle School, Hyattsville, MD; Sligo Middle School, Rockville, MD; Harlem Park Elementary School, Baltimore, MD; Malcolm X Elementary School and Lucy B. Slowe Elementary School, Washington, DC. More than 700,00 students and 10,000 teachers nationwide have registered to view the live PBS program. After the event at FAA, students will tour the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum and see the actual Flyer flown by the

Wright brothers. This will be the first of a series of events leading to the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight in 2003. Please contact FAA or NASA public affairs (see phone numbers listed above) if you plan to attend. - end -