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Please remember to put your centennial events on the Commission’s calendar at www.centennialofflight.gov/calendar_cf/submit_event.cfm.


The next Commission meeting has been set for May 20-21, 2003 in the Outer Banks, N.C. Details will be provided soon.


Aviation Foundation of America, Inc. was approved unanimously as a Centennial Partner.


A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed with The Crown Agents for Oversea Governments and Administrations Ltd.


Licensing agreements have been signed with Disc Marketing (January 28, 2003) and Welcome Enterprises (January 30, 2003).


Mr. Bill Schaefer, our Navy representative on the First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board has retired. The Department of Navy’s point of contact will be Captain Bill Landay (landay.bill@hq.navy.mil) until the Secretary of the Navy has an opportunity to appoint another rep to the Advisory Board.


General Dailey speech at the National Press Club is being rescheduled but will be announced soon. Tickets to the event will be available for $35.


AIA moved Friday, February 21. Their new offices are at 1000 Wilson Blvd in Roslyn, VA.  Alexis Allen’s new phone number is 703-358-1075 and email is the same.


Partnership Updates:


The Mutual Concerns Conference is scheduled for March 1-4, 2003. It is jointly sponsored by the National Air and Space Museum and the American Association of Museums. The session, chaired by Dr. Tom Crouch, is entitled “Centennial of Flight Celebration:  A Primer on North American Resources.”


The U.S. Air Force has announced 2003 NASCAR plans. There will be a special centennial of flight paint scheme on the Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford Taurus. This will be showcased during the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.


The Air Force News Service has produced a series of historic picture lithographs entitled “100 Years of Airpower” highlighting the advances the U.S. Air Force has made to aviation.


Jack Valenti, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, has joined the Board of Advisors of Third Millennium Entertainment.


Greg Herrick, Aviation Foundation of America, has a new direct telephone number – 651-638-8400. The number for the Aviation Foundation of America/ National Air Tours remains 651-255-1999.


The Top 100 Stars of Aviation voting site, www.aviationnow.com/Top100, is up and live. This is an initiative of Aviation Week to identify the most important, most interesting and most influential people in the global aerospace community.


The U.S. House has cut federal financing for the centennial of flight celebration at Wright Brothers Memorial Park to $500,000, just a sixth of what the National Park Service requested, in a final appropriations bill approved this week.


The Aviation Theme Study is jointly funded (50/50) by the U.S. Air Force and the National Park Service.  Wright Patterson Air Force Base will have a signing ceremony on March 10, 2003, at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center to transfer the $125,000 to the National Park Service. With a kick off in early 2003, the National Park Service and the U.S. Air Force expect that the study will be completed in about 18-24 months.


EAA Television is preparing a series of 24, one-minute interstitials to air throughout the year on Discovery Wings. These Centennial minutes will trace the history of aviation from the beginning until the present day.


The Military Librarians Group of the D.C. Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is hosting an evening program entitled “Flight in America: A Centennial Retrospective.” Dr. Richard Hallion is the featured speaker at the February 27 event.


Aviation Week’s The Next Century of Flight will be presented to the National Science Teachers Association Conference March 27-30 in Philadelphia. For information, contact is Chris Meyer at 212-904-3255.


John Travolta has been selected to receive the 2003 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Award for Excellence.


The Challenger Center for Space Science Education will be holding its annual conference August 25-28 in Kansas City, Missouri.


The Commission’s logo will be used on a brochure to publicize the Northwest EAA Fly-In. It will be mailed to 50,000 EAA members and aviation enthusiasts.


Bruce Gamache has left Primedia to relocate to Florida. Primedia is consolidating its TV production in LA and Dallas. The number to call for Primedia is 212-204-3800.


Three Roads Communications has a new address at 241 East Fourth Street, Suite 202, Frederick, MD, 21701. Their number is 301-662-4121.


Volunteers are needed to staff NASA exhibits during the Festival of Flight in Fayetteville, N.C., from May 19-25, 2003. Please register to help at http://oea.larc.nasa.gov/festivalofflight.


The First Flight Centennial Foundation’s UPDATE subscription list includes more than 4,000 subscribers after just 5 months. They estimate over one third of those people forward the monthly newsletter as well.


Mike Kleisius of National Geographic magazine plans to visit NASA Ames for interviews and demos at the Vertical Motion Simulator and FutureFlight Central for an article in the magazine’s December Centennial of Flight anniversary issue.


The Discovery Channel in the UK is producing a series of programs commemorating the centennial of flight.


The NASA History Office is planning a centennial of flight history conference for the fall of 2003 to be hosted by the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Contact for the conference is Steve Garber at sgarber@hq.nasa.gov.


The NASA History Program Review set for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on April 9-11, 2003. Please contact Nadine Andreassen, nandreas@hq.nasa.gov, 202-358-0087, if you have any questions about the meeting.


NASA Headquarters is now soliciting applications for summer interns.  For more details regarding NASA History internships, please see http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm on the Web.


The AIAA 1903 Wright Flyer Centennial Tour and Exposition began September 26, 2002, at the FAA Flight Deck Museum in Lawndale, Calif., and will end December 2, 2003. Additionally, the AIAA Wright Flyer team will attempt to actually fly a second replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer in 2003.


Outreach Activity:


The Wright B Flyer, Inc. is planning to fly their Wright B Flyer around the Statue of Liberty. The proposed date is Memorial Day weekend.


The Tuskegee Airmen are being honored for their contributions to aviation history with an exhibit and special programming in February at Wright Brothers National Memorial.


AIA is looking for centennial exhibits, displays, simulators, etc. that they could use on May 10, 2003, at the National Model Rocket Competition in the Plains, Virginia. Contact is Bruce Mahone and his number is 202-371-8462.


Legends of Airpower will debut Monday-Friday, March 31-April 4, on the Discovery Wings network. Two episodes will air each evening at 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Beginning April 7, Legends of Airpower will move to 9:00 p.m. and

9:30 p.m. every Monday night.


The State of Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Aeronautics Association are hosting several centennial events. They are also sponsoring a State Proclamation for an “Aviation Education Week” to be held the third week in April starting in 2003.


The Program Director for Cub Scout Day for the Fort Hamilton District/Dan Beard Council in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be distributing the Celebrating a Century of Flight brochure to 300 scouts. The theme this year is 100 Years of Flight.


The Commission’s logo will be used on a commemorative award at the 48th Annual San Fernando Valley Engineers’ Council Awards Banquet.


The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is hosting a Flight Test Safety Workshop May 7-9, 2003 in LA. The symposium will consist of moderated oral history sessions of all phases of aviation. The grand finale will be a gala dinner on Saturday night honoring 100 years of aviation milestones.


The Commission’s logo will be used on the flyer and call for exhibits for the 20th Annual FAA Central Region Airports Conference June 3-4, 2003.


The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will display centennial of flight banners with the Commission logo on them. Burbank Airport also will display a 30 by 40 foot banner celebrating the centennial of flight with the Commission’s logo.


The St. Louis Science Center will display a 10 by 10 foot banner with the Commission’s logo, as will the Wheels and Wings Airshow (May 17-18) at Millville Airport.


The Commission provided information to Voice of Israel (Israeli Radio), which is planning on dedicating at least one show to the centennial of flight.


The Oakland International Airport will be using the Commission logo in their newsletters in 2003 in their “interesting aviation facts” section.


The Centennial of Flight Commission exhibit will be on display at the San Diego International Airport for the month of August.  It was also displayed at the Durango LaPlata County Airport in Durango, CO in February.


A special edition of Junkyard Wars commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ historic flight will air Sunday, March 9, at 8 p.m.


The Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is sponsoring Purdue Fall Space Day on October 25. The event will host 250 elementary school students in grades 3-8 in a day-long event of hands-on activities all related to aerospace. Astronaut John Blaha has been invited to be the honored VIP.


The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Yearbook will include historic images of the Wright brothers. An exhibit is also being developed that will include material from the Commission’s Web site.


The American Helicopter Museum’s Rotorfest 2003 poster will display the Commission’s logo.


Edu-Leadership is a N.C. based educational Web site that works with businesses throughout the country and Canada. They have added a link to the Commission’s Web site on their site, www.edu-leadership.com.


CCZ Group, Inc. is a company selling erector sets and they are starting work on a Wright brothers set. They will exhibit at the NY Toy Fair 2003.


NASA is pleased to announce the availability of Looking Backward, Looking Forward:  Forty Year of U.S. Human Spaceflight Symposium edited by Stephen J. Garber. It is available online at history.nasa.gov/sp4107.pdf.


Sherry Foster has had several telecons with Mary Krupa, Project Coordinator, Altitude is Everything, the Canadian Centennial of Flight effort, to discuss the efforts in Canada and share our successes in the U.S. The Canadian Web site is www.altitudeis.com.


Canadian Forces Snowbirds will make a rare joint appearance with both the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels at the 2003 Vectren Dayton Air Show by Kroger, making a total of four jet performance teams for the expanded air show.


D.R. Marketing Group, Ltd. And Cambridge Design Corp. have produced a commemorative pocket watch to celebrate the centennial of flight. The contact is Paul Dunn at 910-235-0397.


Media Relations:


CRT has been collecting media clips from the national kick off and working to compile the results. Conservative estimates indicate that we were able to reach about 77 million people through print and Internet coverage, and more than 94 million people through national and local broadcast coverage. The print hits are equivalent to about $1.04 million in advertising value, and broadcast advertising value is equivalent to about $906,000 in advertising value.


The March 2003 Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine is the centennial edition focusing on 100 years of flight.


The Commission met with senior staff of Voice of America to see how they might support the centennial of flight effort.


Web site:


Foundation Web Design, a forthcoming book, will include the Commission’s Web site in the Web Resources section, which gives the reader examples of great Web sites. The book should be on the shelves March 11, 2003.


Our Web site was submitted for consideration for the Pirelli Award. The Pirelli Award is an international multimedia award for the diffusion of scientific and technological culture entirely carried out on the Internet. There were over 1,000 entries last year. Our Web site was one of the 20 finalists.


The Minutes to our January meeting of the Commission are available on our Web site. The 2002 National Plan and our media kit are also available on the site.


Upcoming additions to our Web site include the 12th, 13th and 14th categories of essays.


Web Trends data for January is up again to approximately 1.3 million hits and 57,000 unique visitors.


Press Releases:


We would be happy to post Partners’ and Patrons’ press releases on the Commission Web site. Please email your releases to Christian Markow at cmarkow@crtpr.com.


A number of press releases have been issued recently and are available on the COFC Web site. Releases will be posted on the home page as well as in the media section.


February 20, 2003 – Utah State University Wright Flyer Featured on the Learning Channel


February 19, 2003 – National Park Service Announces Ticket Price Structure for First Flight Centennial Celebration


February 19, 2003 – Local TV Production/Video Firm Wins 2 Telly Awards, 3 Roads Communications Wins for Documentary and Sales Tape


February 14, 2003 – U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission Announces New Partner, Aviation Foundation of America Will Re-Create National Air Tour to Celebrate Centennial of Flight in 2003


February 12, 2003 – Tuskegee Airmen to be Honored at Wright Brothers National Memorial as Part of Black History Month Celebrations


February 11, 2003 – AIAA Announces Partnership with Cessna Aircraft Company


February 10, 2003 – Inventing Flight Announces Sale of Opening Ceremony Tickets


February 6, 2003 – Legends of Airpower to Air on Discovery Wings Channel


February 5, 2003 –U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission Announces New Partners


January 30, 2003 – Northrop Grumman Corporation Issues Grant for Pilot Training to Re-Create Wrights’ Flight


January 29, 2003 – Randolph to host “Tattoo” at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater


January 21, 2003 – The Air Force Announces 2003 NASCAR Plans


January 17, 2003 – “The Wright Brothers and the Invention of Aeronautical Engineering” Presentation Set for Lancaster


December 8, 2002 – 37th Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival, “Celebration 100 Years of Flight,” Takes off Saturday, March 22, 2003


December 6, 2002 – Festival of Flight 2003 Engages Top Flight Exhibits Depicting Aviation’s Past, Present and Future


December 6, 2002 – Events Line Up and Mascot Named as Excitement Builds for North Carolina’s Largest Celebration for the Centennial of Flight




Please see the attached media tracking report for recent media hits. If you have any questions about the report or would like to see full text articles, please contact CRT.


Educational Outreach Activities:


CRT has posted information about the Educational Tool Kits on a list serve that reaches more than 800 children’s museums across the country and internationally. Early responses have been great and museums have expressed an interest from as far away as China. 


The 15th Annual Memphis Aviators Professionals Youth Luncheon will use our theme Born of Dreams – Inspired by Freedom. Students from local schools will compete in an essay contest using our theme.


The Science Museum of Minnesota is putting on a K-12 Educators’ Conference on March 15, 2003.


The Commission continues to work with NASA Offices of Public Affairs, Education and Aerospace Technology to finalize NASA’s schedule for COF related exhibits, educational workshops and astronaut appearances at COF events across the country.


Continue to work with NASA’s Office of Space Flight to secure NASA memorabilia and artifacts for COFC Partners’ time capsules. 


Continue to work with EAA, FAA, CAP and others to finalize NASA’s COF educational participation in EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk Tour. The tour will include Dearborn, Mich.; Dayton, Ohio; and Kitty Hawk, N.C.


Continue to work with the Brewer Educational Forum, sponsored by NAA, to help communicate educators’ needs to more than 50 national organizations with an active interest in aviation and space education. Brewer Selection Committee for the 2002 Brewer Trophy met February 14, 2002. Brewer Education Meeting also took place on February 14.


Presented COFC materials and updates at a meeting of the Silver Wings on January 24 at Ft. Myer, Va. The USAF Centennial of Flight Office also presented their events and special activities for 2003.


Coordinated the National Coalition for Aviation Education’s use of  “Celebrating a Century of Flight.” NCAE is funding the reproduction of the brochure to be used in an upcoming educational supplement of the Washington Times.


Completed Activities/ Events:


The FAA is hosting a monthly series of Centennial of Flight Awareness Events. The first was held February 21, 2002, and featured Bill Broadwater speaking about the Tuskegee Airmen.


ASME International hosted a ceremony designating the Wright Flyer III a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark on February 20, 2003.


The General Aviation Manufacturers Association held its Annual Industry Review and 2003 Outlook Briefing on February 12, 2003. The theme was Celebrating 100 Years of Flight.


Inventing Flight held auditions February 8-9, 2003, for dancers, singers, actors and gymnasts to perform in one or more of the presentations Inventing Flight has organized during their three week July celebration.


On January 17, 2003, Aviation Week published a review of the highlights of their 2002 Next Century of Flight program, and an update regarding their major plans for 2003.


On January 14, 2003, OPEN/net featured First in Flight Centennial Celebration and talked with experts about upcoming events and activities celebrating N.C.’s First in Flight Centennial.


Ken Hyde hosted a group of senior NASA officials on January 10, 2003.


On January 8, 2003, The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s learning center celebrated a grand reopening.


AIAA has published the minutes to the January 6, 2003 Evolution of Flight Committee meeting in Reno.


Dr. Tom Crouch spoke at Palmdale City Hall on December 4, 2002. He discussed the science of balloons and technology of wings. The presentation was co-sponsored by NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and the Palmdale City Council as part of the Centennial of Flight Colloquium series.


December 2002 issue of Space Research has an article “The Wright Stuff: How Research Breaks Barriers to Flight on Earth and Beyond.”




Abbie D. Haddaway who made her first solo flight in 1930 and helped Amelia Earhart form the Ninety-Nines, Inc. died February 5.  Ralph Charles who built planes for Orville Wright and was one of the Nation’s oldest pilots, flying for the last time in 2001, died February 2.