100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Years of Flight
An Air & Space/Smithsonian guide to a centennial's worth of fun and flying.
- By Roger A. Mola
- Air & Space magazine, March 2003
Air shows, air races, museum exhibits and traveling shows, books, Web sites, films and television programs-even musical productions-all commemorate the Wright brothers' feat of a century ago. Throughout the year, events have been scheduled across the United States and in nearly every place in the world that flight has touched. Here's a list of performances to attend, places to visit, and products to buy to help you observe the anniversary of the first flight.
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This list is not intended to be comprehensive, or imply any particular preference based on order of listing. It is simply a cross-section of ideas that we hope will inspire your own exploration.
The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission calendar of events
U.S. Air Force Centennial of Flight Events Office
International Council of Air Shows (ICAS)
Century of Flight Links and Events
First Flight Society news and events
Aviation Open House and Dime-A-Pound Rides from Ninety-Nines International, Tucson, AZ, March 1
Franklin Institute Flight Festival, Philadelphia, PA, March 28-30
Team America Rocketry Challenge, The Plains, VA, April 12
World Flight 2003, at least 10 cities in North Carolina, May-June
World Flight 2003 includes:
Lumberton Municipal Airport, NC, May 14-18
100th Anniversary of Aviatin Safety Seminar, Hot Springs National Park, AR, June 12-15
Return to Kitty Hawk Great Transcontinental Glider Race, June 17-July 2
Van Nuys Airport Aviation Expo: 100 Years of Flight, Van Nuys, CA, June 21-22
www.lawa.org click on Van Nuys
A Celebration of Flight cross-country ultralight trip, June 22-28
Inventing Flight, Dayton, OH, July 3-20
July 4 -20 Celebration Central on Deeds Point
July 4-20 Orville & Wilbur: The Wright Brothers' Legacy, Dayton Art Institute
July 4 - 6 Re-Max(r) Balloon Celebration and Race from Dayton to Kitty Hawk, United States Air Force Museum
July 4 - 6 CITYFOLK Festival