90 Additional Two Pieces of Info. to Letter 89 on the 100th Anniversary of Flight  (030912)

(1) AIAA volunteers will fly a replica of Wright Flyer on December 17, 2003 *

Volunteers of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) built a full scale replica of the Wright Flyer.  NASA will perform a wind tunnel test of the replica Wright Flyer.  After this test, the replica will be on display in the Federal Aviation Administration's Western Pacific Regional Office in CA. Interestingly, the replica looks the same as the original Flyer, but some changes were made to strengthen the replica for the wind tunnel tests.  Based upon the wind tunnel test data, AIAA volunteers will build another Wright Flyer and then fly it on December 17, 2003, commemorating the 100th anniversary flight at Kitty Hawk, NC. 

* Source (March 1999) <  http://www.stvincent.ac.uk/Resources/Astro/NASA/1999/wrightflyer.html >

(2) 100th Anniversary of Flight **

Mary Ellen Botter of Dallas Morning News, the writer of the article, begins with “The distance between the horse-and-buggy era and the aviation age is 120 feet.” in her article on the 100th anniversary of flight. We like her expression. 

There are many commemorative events. Check these sites: < www.centennialofflight.gov > < www.firstflightnc.com > < www.centennialofflight.af.mil > Also, the article suggests searching the event info. with “Centennial of Flight.”

One of the major events will be held at Wright Brothers National Memorial, December 12 – 17, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.   A replica of the Wright Flyer (the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) reproduction) will be flown at 10:35 a.m., December 17. < www.firstflightcentennial.org > < www.nps.gov/wrbr >  

Where is the original 1903 Wright Flyer?  The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum is the keeper.  The museum will have special events to celebrate the 100th anniversary. Check out < www.nasm.si.edu >

** Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 27, 2003

Note 1: Now, a century later, people honor Wright Bros.' great work.  However, when the Wright bros. made their first successful flight in their Wright Flyer, it was not very popular.  It was on a cold and wind-swept sand dune in Kitty Hawk, NC, and only a few people, mostly local fishermen, observed their first flight.  People say that the Wright bros. were very diligent in their work. They stayed interested in making their invention better even after they became famous.  Source: America A to Z, U.S. General Books, Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, NY, 1997

Note 2: Duluth Air & Aviation Expo 2003, Celebrating 100 Years of Flight, 030920-0921, Duluth, MN< http://www.duluthairshow.com>

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