Sarah Keegan Headquarters, Washington (Phone: 202/358-1902) RELEASE: 01-228

Nov. 20, 2001

U.S. CENTENNIAL OF FLIGHT COMMISSION AND NORTH CAROLINA SHARE PLANS TO CELEBRATE WRIGHT BROTHERS' ACHIEVEMENT The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission (COFC) and the First Flight Centennial Foundation (FFCF) of North Carolina have signed a memorandum of agreement that will allow them to jointly promote the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight in 2003. As one of the key participants in the national celebration year, the FFCF is dedicated to helping commemorate the world's first powered flight. The Foundation's main objective is to raise funds to restore the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Its plans include coordinating a series of three major flight-themed galas in North Carolina, the issuing of a commemorative coin and the development of the First Flight Centennial Pavilion -- a semi-permanent structure at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park that will house aviation exhibits and special programming for a week-long celebration in December 2003 and beyond. The pavilion, which will open in mid-2003, will include a variety of themes including: * Precursors to Flight * The Wrights of Dayton * The Wrights as Engineers * Glider Experiments * Powered Flight * A Century of Flight Also at the celebration, the Experimental Aircraft Association of Oshkosh, Wis., and The Wright Experience of Warrenton, Va., will attempt to recreate the first flight with an exact reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer on Dec. 17, 2003. The COFC is coordinating the national awareness campaign called "Centennial of Flight: Born of dreams. Inspired by freedom." The campaign will promote activities commemorating the anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight. As a result of the agreement, the Commission will work with the FFCF to promote the Foundation's efforts in North Carolina to a national and international audience. "The sands of Kitty Hawk were an important part of the Wright brothers' first flight," said COFC Chairman General J.R. ("Jack") Dailey. "The Foundation and the National Park Service are working hard to restore and preserve the Wright brothers' monument. Their work on that and on the Pavilion will help keep the spirit of the Wright brothers alive. The Commission is looking forward to helping them promote their

efforts to a broader audience." A complete listing of centennial events and more information on the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission can be found on the Internet at: Information about the First Flight Centennial Foundation and its activities can be found at: More information is also available from Christian Markow, U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission, at 804/675-8153 and Ferg Norton, First Flight Centennial Foundation, at 919/8402003. -end-