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Section 1 Executive Summary

Throughout the last year, people across the country have celebrated the human desire for freedom, the power of dreams and the astonishing realities both can create. Eyes have been turned skyward as people of all ages have been fascinated by the wonder of flight.

The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission was established in 1999 to encourage the broadest national and international participation in the celebration of 100 years of powered flight, while publicizing and encouraging programs, projects and events that would involve, educate and enrich the maximum number of people. The results have exceeded the wildest of expectations.

The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission is proud of the events that have taken place, including: the Festival of Flight in Fayetteville, Space Day, Inventing Flight in Dayton, GE Presents Centennial of Flight at Rockefeller Center, EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk tour, the opening of "The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age" at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Air Tours, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' "Evolution of Flight" campaign, Wolf Trap's Face of America, the opening of the Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport, the First Flight Centennial Celebration in North Carolina and the countless others that have occurred across the country and around the globe.

These events, however, would not have been nearly as successful without the involvement of several organizations, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Air Force and Aviation Week & Space Technology's Next Century of Flight.

Most importantly, the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission is proud of the educational legacy that has been created. The combined outreach efforts of the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission and its Partners have reached millions of students. A new generation of inventors has been inspired, igniting a new level of enthusiasm for perseverance and determination in the quest for ingenuity.

The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of this important, once-in-a-lifetime commemoration. This year has been an amazing celebration of two bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio, a century of achievements in aviation and aerospace, and a future of limitless possibilities.

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