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Wright Flyer
Section 2. Findings.

Congress finds that-

  1. December 17, 2003, is the 100th anniversary of the first successful manned, free, controlled, and sustained flight by a power-driven, heavier-than-air machine;
  2. the first flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright represents the fulfillment of the age-old dream of flying;
  3. the airplane has dramatically changed the course of transportation, commerce, communication, and warfare through out the world;
  4. the achievement by the Wright brothers stands as a triumph of American ingenuity, inventiveness, and diligence in developing new technologies, and remains an inspiration for all Americans;
  5. it is appropriate to remember and renew the legacy of the Wright brothers at a time when the values of creativity and daring represented by the Wright brothers are critical to the future of the Nation; and
  6. as the Nation approaches the 100th anniversary of powered flight, it is appropriate to celebrate and commemorate the centennial year through local, national, and international observances and activities.

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