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The national kick off ceremony on December 17, 2002, at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum was a huge success.Sincere thanks to Carter Ryley Thomas for their outstanding leadership, planning and follow through. Special thanks also go to the National Air and Space Museum for being such accommodating hosts, and to all of our Centennial Partners and Patrons for their help and participation. Congratulations also to Ohio and North Carolina for extremely successful kick off celebrations of their own!


The next Commission meeting has been set for January 29, 2003, from 1-4 p.m. in Washington, D.C.


Web trends data for the month of December show the number of unique visitors to the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission Web site has doubled since November, and the total number of hits increased from 500,000 to over 1,100,000.


The National Plan has been distributed to Cabinet level officials, members of Congress, Centennial of Flight Commissioners and members of the First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board. It will be available on our Web site soon.


Space Day Foundation and Rockefeller Center were both approved unanimously as Centennial Partners.


Memoranda of Agreement have been signed with Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Fayetteville Festival of Flight, the Royal Aeronautical Society and RCPI Landmark Properties, LLC (Rockefeller Center).


Patti LaBelle has recorded “Way Up There,” the song that was written and produced by Tena Clark, and performed at the joint Commission/Advisory Board meeting in Dayton. The song was sung at the American Veterans Awards in November.


Lisbeth C. Evans, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, has been officially designated by Senator Lauch Faircloth as his official representative on the First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board.


Michael Gessel has opened the Washington office of the Dayton Development Coalition effective January 3, 2003.


Aviation engineer Charlie Feltz passed away on January 3, 2003, at age 86. He is most often remembered for his pioneering and innovative design of the X-15 manned rocket plane, one of NASA's and America's most ambitious and successful research flight programs.


Partnership Updates:


The U.S. Air Force Centennial of Flight Office is working with Midwest Express and Alaska Airlines in the distribution of the 32-page color brochure, Celebrating a Century of Flight.


The Commission received a review and update of the EAA’s New York Chapter project to build a full-scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer. The founder of the 2003NY Committee, Julian Wilder, passed away in the spring of 2002.


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 December 16, 2002, issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology, its Centennial kick-off issue, set the stage for the centennial and beyond.


Anne S. Greene, Virginia Hamilton, Charles Hobart, Margaret Evelyn Peters and Frederick C. Smith were inducted into the 2002 Walk of Fame sponsored by Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003.


Merrie Scott was contacted by the China Centennial of Aviation Commission, which provided information about a series of activities being planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight. Its Web site is www.aviation100.org.


NASA Ames’ video file, “Highlights of the Wright Flyer Event at NASA Ames,” is scheduled to air on NASA TV. The video highlights the Ames wind tunnel tests of the original airfoils and the Wright Again Project. NASA Ames issued a press release about the Wright Again Project. Discovery Channel, Canada conducted an interview.


The NASA History Office is pleased to announce a new publication, Celebrating a Century of Flight(NASA SP-2002-09-511-HQ). This very informative 32-page, 8 1/2 x 11", color brochure is an excellent introduction to aerospace history since the Wright brothers' historic flight in December 1903. To request a hard copy of this brochure, please send a self-addressed 9x12" envelope with appropriate postage (typically $1.06 within the U.S., $1.35 for Canada, and $3.20 for overseas. International customers are asked to purchase U.S. postage through an outlet such as www.stampsonline.com) to the NASA Headquarters Information Center, Code CI-4, Washington, D.C. 20546. An electronic pdf version is also available online at history.nasa.gov/SP-09-511.pdf. NASA Student Involvement Program will be distributing these brochures at three NSIP events in 2003.


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.


The Team America Rocketry Challenge will be the largest rocket model contest ever held in the United States. The contest is being co-sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry. The first national rocket competition for high school and junior high school students has 873 teams representing 7,000 students from around the country registered. The final competition will take place on May 10 at Great Meadow, The Plains, Va. Homer Hickam and NASA Administrator O’Keefe will participate in the event.


Pushing the Limits: Aviation Flight Research as Seen Through the NASA Art Program is an exhibit that describes the history of flight research at NACA and NASA through the paintings in the NASA Art Program. The works feature pilots and their aircraft that routinely pushed the limits, expanding the boundaries of flight. Many of the top artists have contributed their works to NASA’s Aeronautical collection. This exhibit is currently at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash.


The children of Dayton have been invited by the Ukraine to participate in an art show celebrating the centennial of flight.


Wolf Trap’s Face of America 2003 has been rescheduled to September 6, 2003.


3 Roads Communications was named the winner of four prestigious Communicator Awards for television and video projects the company produced in 2002. 3 Roads Communications was also named the winner of a prestigious Telly Award for their television series Legends of Airpower.


The Commission logo will appear on the official “Wings Over Topeka” program. The show is sponsored by the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard and the Wings Over Topeka Foundation.


Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas is having an awards banquet and is using the Commission logo on collages and centerpieces.





Outreach Activity:


CRT is working to secure a place for General Dailey to speak about the centennial celebration at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. CRT is working out the dates, but it looks like it will most likely take place in February.


The 2003 Soaring Society of America’s Annual Convention will be held in Dayton, Ohio, for the first time, in celebration of the centennial of flight. This event will take place January 23-25, 2003.


The Royal Aeronautical Society Library has produced its own calendar for 2003, “The Golden Age of Flying,” based on original posters and other contemporary material of the 1920s and 1930s held in the Library’s extensive archive. The income received from the sales of the calendar will be used by the Royal Aeronautical Society for the conservation of historic aviation material in the Society’s Library.


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.


Contacted by the Energy Challenge 2003: A Paper Hang Glider Competition. Its mission is to exemplify high regard for the diligence and innovative framework within which the Wright brothers worked to invent the original gliders, which led to the creation of the first planes and first flight.


Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, a 27 year old Children’s Choir comprised of 200 singers ages 8-18, commissioned composer Mark Gresham to write a piece of music for them celebrating the 100th anniversary of flight. It will premiere on February 22, 2003, at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Ga.


Tucson Airport Authority will be using the Commission logo on a poster that will promote its community Aviation Day at Ryan Airfield, its general aviation reliever airport. They will also use the logo to mark a special “aviation history in South Arizona” column in their monthly airport authority newsletter.


Arapahoe Public Airport Authority, owners and operators of Centennial Airport in Denver, Colo., are using the Commission logo on its stationery and staff shirts during the 2003 calendar year.


College Park Aviation Museum will include the Commission logo on its Calendar of Events.


Working with Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine Webmaster to link a copy of the Commission logo on its Web site.


Media Relations


The national kick off in Washington, D.C., created national and international awareness for the Centennial celebration. National media hits included CBS’ Early Show, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX News, Entertainment Tonight, USA Today, Washington Post, LA Times and People Magazine, among others. International media hits included the South China Morning Post, Sydney Morning Herald and Channel News Asia, to name a few. CRT is still working on compiling all of the media hits, but a preliminary list of what has been collected is attached.


Beginning with its December 2002 issue, the AutoPilot Magazine, Georgia’s premier aviation publication, began covering the 100 years of aviation celebration.


Contacted by FLYER Magazine in the UK about a centennial story they are doing.


Web site


The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission Web site has been redesigned and launched. The current Education Resources Matrix is being reformatted and updated. CRT is planning a media relations push to drive people to the redesigned site.


Minutes to our October joint meeting of the Commission and the Advisory Board are available on our Web site. The 2002 National Plan will be on the Web site in several days.


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


The First Century of Flight: NACA/NASA Contributions to Aeronautics is available online at history.nasa.gov/centtimeline/index.html.


Press Releases


A number of press releases have been issued recently and are available on the COFC Web site at www.centennialofflight.gov/aboutcommission.htm.


January 9, 2003 – Custom Pin & Design Joins Centennial Celebration as U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission Licensee


January 2, 2003 – TV Production/Video Firm Wins Telly Award


December 31, 2002 – TV Production/Video Firm Wins Four Awards


December 19, 2002 – Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003 and The Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. to Participate In Tournament of Roses Parade


December 17, 2002 – Aviation Icons and Celebrities Kick Off National Centennial of Flight Celebration


December 17, 2002 – N.C. Centennial Commission and National Park Service Launch First Flight Centennial Plans


December 17, 2002 – NASA Helps Kick Off National Centennial of Flight Celebration


December 12, 2002 – Heroes of Flight to Help Kick Off National Celebration


December 4, 2002 – John Travolta to Serve as Master of Ceremonies for December 17, 2002 National Centennial of Flight Kick-Off


December 2, 2002 – Legends of Airpower Distribution Hits Milestone


November 30, 2002 – Gallery Going Ahead as Planned Despite Financial Hurdles (Virginia Air & Space Center)


November 22, 2002 – NASA’s ‘Centennial of Flight’ Theme Song will be Recorded by Music Legend Patti LaBelle this Saturday, November 23rd at the Firehouse Recording Studios in Pasadena


November 22, 2002 – Travolta Piloting Launch Event for Flight Celebration


November 21, 2002 – Inventing Flight Holds Annual Meeting


November 20, 2002 – Inventing Flight Announces Award Winner


November 18, 2002 – NASA Celebrates 100 Years of Flight with Wright Artifacts


November 18, 2002 – Aerospace Commission Releases Final Report


November 18, 2002 – Media Advisory – The Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry will release its final report on Monday, November 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the National Press Club.




A list of media hits related to the national kick off is attached. This list is the most current to date. A list of media hits since the last status report has also been attached. If you have any questions, please contact CRT.


Educational Outreach Activities:


Exhibited the COF display and distributed COF educational materials at the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy Dinner honoring Paul Poberezny on December 13, 2002.


The National Coalition for Aviation Education met on December 12. COF educational materials were distributed and a presentation about the new COF Web site was given.


Presented COF educational materials to the Maryland Chapter of the Ninety Nines on December 7, 2002, and to the Old Dominion Chapter (Va.) on December 14, 2002.


Provided information about the Commission and COF educational materials to the NASA Glenn Research Center’s Office of Communication and Media Relations for a tourism writers' conference on November 26, 2002.


We continue 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.


We are working with NASA’s Office of Space Flight to secure NASA memorabilia and artifacts for COFC Partners’ time capsules. 


Working 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, Dayton and Kitty Hawk.


Attended a meeting of the Brewer Educational Forum, sponsored by NAA. The group has been involved in an on-going multi-phase effort to enhance the effectiveness of the resource support of over 50 national organizations with an active interest in aviation and space education. A report has been published by the NAA with the results of the Brewer Conference on Aerospace Education where participants identified how providers of aerospace education materials could better assist educators in meeting the needs of today’s students. A hard copy of the Brewer Conference Report can be obtained by contacting NAA at nsack@naa-usa.org with your mailing address. An electronic version can be obtained by contacting Debbie Gallaway at debbie.gallaway@hq.nasa.gov.


Distributed COF educational materials to Don Heines of the Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail Project of the Commemorative Air Force. 


Completed Activities/ Events:


AIAA’s Evolution of Flight Committee Meeting took place on January 6, 2003, in conjunction with the 41st Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, January 6-9, 2003, in Reno, Nevada. The Evolution of Flight Campaign hosted a special luncheon with AIAA Distinguished Lecturers Dr. Tom Crouch and Dr. John Anderson of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. In addition, the first recipients of the AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards were presented to four deserving individuals.


First Flight Centennial Commission held its quarterly meeting at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitors Center on December 18, 2002.


On December 17, 2002, the California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, mailed out centennial of flight related documents to California organizations to assist them in planning their centennial events. They encouraged these organizations to visit the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission Web site and the First Flight Centennial Commission Web site.


Aerospace Industries Association held their 38th Annual AIA Year-End Review and Forecast Luncheon on December 11, 2002.