From exciting air shows to elaborate galas, the 100th anniversary of flight has generated many activities for air enthusiasts to explore. Check out the upcoming events in your area.
From Mach 2 to Kitty Hawk Washington, DC Nov. 20, 2003, 8:00 p.m.
Attend a symposium at the National Air and Space Museum with A. Scott Crossfield, who was in 1953 the first pilot to exceed Mach 2, twice the speed of sound. A tour of the new exhibition The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age will precede this lecture at 7 p.m. Tickets are free but required. Call 202-633-2398 for ticket information or visit www.nasm.si.edu.
Katherine Wright Personal Account Hampton, VA Dec. 3, 2003, 7:00 p.m.
Betty Darst, as Katherine Wright, presents a living biography, providing a rich historical cameo of Wilbur and Orville Wright's sister. For more information, visit www.vasc.org or call Kim Hinson at 757-727-0900 x718.
Powered Flight: 100 Yrs. and Beyond Camp Hill, PA Dec. 7, 2003, 2:00 p.m.
Col. Harley Hammond, an F-15E fighter pilot currently studying at the U.S. Army War College, will show how aviation has impacted wars from World War I to Operation Iraqi Freedom and discuss how the exponential growth of military technology will shape the future of aviation. Visit www.ccpa.net/fredricksenpl or contact Elizabeth Schindler at 717-761-3900 x234.
First Flight Centennial Celebration Kill Devil Hills, NC Dec. 12-19, 2003
The National Park Service, along with partner organizations, will host a gala of activities at Wright Brothers National Memorial. Activities will include speaker presentations, daily flyovers, static aircraft displays, special flight-related activities and performing art events. The week of activities will culminate on Dec. 17 with a formal commemorative centennial ceremony, followed by a recreation of the Wright brothers' first flight. For more information, go to www.outerbanks.org.
MidwestFly Me to the Future - Dayton, OH - Oct. 9-Dec. 31, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Visit the United States Air Force Museum to view the aviation art of Robert McCall, John Clark and Mark Waki, featuring space/futuristic aircraft and vehicles. Go to http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/ for more information.
Bishop Wright: Man of Faith, Man of Flight Caledonia, MI Dec. 7, 3:005:00 p.m.
Bishop Milton Wright, father of the Wright brothers, made a significant impact as a local bishop in the United Brethren Church. Rev. Mark Beers will explain the church history while Col. Eugene Raab will explore the flight history. For more information, contact Mark Beers at 616-534-6016.
Celebrating the Centennial of Powered Flight Oshkosh, WI Dec. 13-20, 2003
The EAA AirVenture Museum will host an eight-day celebration of the Wright Brothers' historic flight. Daily activities will include a chance to fly EAA's nationally-acclaimed Wright Flyer Simulator, movies, theatrical performances and special activities for kids. Activities on Dec. 17 include a live big-screen broadcast direct from the sands of Kitty Hawk, NC, and an evening Centennial of Flight banquet attended by record-breaking pilot Dick Rutan. Visit http://museum.eaa.org/foradditional information.
Celebration of Flight New Orleans, LA Dec. 13, 2003, 8:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Visit the New Orleans Lakefront Airport for air races and a static display. Afterwards, attend a hangar party at Taylor Hangar from 7:00-11:00p.m. To learn more, visit www.propclear.com or contact Vickie Goodbee at 504-486-8299.
Open Cockpit Day Pueblo, CO Nov. 22 and Dec. 27, 2003, 10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Experience Open Cockpit Days at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum. The Nov. 22 event will feature a C-119 aircraft, and the Dec. 27 event will host a C-47 transport from WWII. Call 719-948-9219 for more information.
Celebrating 100 Years of Flight Englewood, CO Dec. 8-19, 2003, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Explore an exhibit of Wright Brothers memorabilia. Visit centennialairport.com or contact Robert Olislagers at 303-790-0598 for more information.
Centennial of Flight Celebration Seattle, WA Dec. 17, 2003
Museum of Flight visitors can enjoy a free day of celebration and educational programming at The Museum of Flight. Other commemorative programs are in development and to be determined. To learn more, visit www.museumofflight.org.
Celebrate Flight Sacramento, CA Dec. 6, 2003, 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Discovery Museum Science & Space Center welcomes visitors to Celebrate 100 Years of Flight with a day full of hands-on activities, exhibits, and giveaways. Learn about the Wright brothers, fly remote control airplanes, and explore the future of flight in our Challenger Learning Center. For more information, visit www.thediscovery.org or contact Abbie Conlee at 916-264-7057.
Hang Glider Meet Los Angeles, CA Dec. 13, 2003, 9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Join the Hang Glider Meet to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first motorized flight. Trophies will be presented for the longest flight; best flight; funniest flight; most original and beautifully decorated hang glider in Wright brothers theme; most authentic Wright brothers costume; and best small replica of a Wright brothers plane. To learn more, visit http://windsports.com.
100 Years of Western Aviation Oakland, CA Dec. 14, 2003, 12:305:00 p.m.
Several noted authorities on aviation history will speak on Western development of flight at the Oakland Western Aerospace Museum. For more information, go to http://www.westernaerospacemuseum.org or contact Tom Hieronymus at 510-534-8651.
Centennial of Flight Celebration Santa Teresa, NM Dec. 17, 2003
At 8:35 a.m., War Eagles Air Museum will fly the Museum's Piper J-3 Cub (the oldest flying Piper Cub in the world). The museum will also offer visitors free admission on that day. Visit www.war-eagles-air-museum.com or contact Dan Taylor at 505-589-2000 for more information.
100th Anniversary of Powered Flight Sacramento, CA Dec. 17, 2003
A gala luncheon will follow a Wright Flyer replica flight contest for local fourth grade students. A scale model of the Wright Flyer will be displayed in the hangar where the luncheon will be held, and "Orville Wright" (Jim Spence) will make an appearance to discuss the historic event. For more information, see www.sacairports.org or contact Gina Swankie at 916-874-0791.
For additional information about Centennial of Flight activities, see http://www.centennialofflight.gov/index2.cfm.
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