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Wright Brothers
Smithsonian logoThe mission of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is to "commemorate, educate and inspire." On October 11, 2003, the museum will celebrate the upcoming centennial with the new exhibition, The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age. A thorough presentation of the Wrights' technical achievements will be paired with a rich examination of the cultural impact of early powered flight. The centerpiece of the gallery will be the original 1903 Wright Flyer, displayed on the ground for the first time since acquired by the Smithsonian in 1948. Visitors will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to study up close the intricate workings of the world's first airplane.

In December 2003, the museum will open its 760,000 square foot companion facility at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia. The much anticipated Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center will house the 80 percent of the unparalleled national collection that has not been generally accessible to the public.

Gen. J.R. "Jack" Dailey is the director of NASM and serves as chairman of the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission.


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