On Dec. 17, 1903, at 10:35 a.m., two brothers driven by
tenacity, creativity and courage completed the world's first
successful powered, heavier-than-air flight at Kill Devil Hills,
N.C. for a 12-second, 120-foot journey. A new industry was born
and a new way of life followed closely behind. The Wright
brothers accomplished what people had only imagined since the
beginning of time.
The national "Centennial of Flight: Born
of Dreams - Inspired by Freedom" celebration commemorates this
achievement and 100 years of aviation history. Our Centennial
Partners are planning everything from cross-country tours to air
shows and exhibitions, seminars and television specials. Use our
Web site to access the most up-to-date information on
celebration activity as well as the most comprehensive
collection of outstanding educational essays, multimedia and
links regarding the history of flight.
By December 17, 2003, the Centennial of Flight
Commision had fulfilled its charter with the creation of this Web site
and a large number of celebration activities held in conjunction with
the Centennial Partners. As part of the Commission's charter, there were
provisions for certian material to be preserved. In April 2004, with the
closing of the Commission, responsibilty for the Centennial of Flight Web
site was formally passed to NASA and the NASA History Office. From that
time, until September 2012, the NASA History Office continued to make
the Web site publicly available. Due to budget constraints and aging
servers, the NASA History Office was required to take down the Centennial of Flight Web site [-- originally online at "centennialofflight.GOV" -- ] .
Recognizing the valuable educational content
in the site and in keeping with its educational charter, the American
Aviation Historical Society (AAHS) made the decision to take the necessary
steps to assure that the content of the Centennial of Flight Web site
would continue to be available to enthusiasts, educators and researchers.
While providing access to the original content, the AAHS is committed to
maintaining the Web site as well. While original content will be maintained
"as is," the AAHS may need to modify and/or enhance navigation, or provide
links to supplemental information not covered by the original effort. When
these changes are visible to site visitors, they will be color coded in the
same style as found here, with the modifications being shown in this color.
Certain areas of the site are
unavailable at this time (Calendar and Links).
AAHS Centennial of Flight Project