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For Release: August 11, 2003

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Public Invited to Celebrate Centennial of Flight

Take a step back in time on Saturday, August 16 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. when NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of the first powered airplane flight.

This free event, complete with a special appearance by "Orville Wright," will honor the pioneers of aviation and highlight the role NASA has played in advancing flight.

Special presentations will be given by Orville at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. for visitors to hear how he, along with his brother Wilbur, performed the various flight tests and other experiments from 1900-1905. In addition, he will explain their unique wing-warping technique for roll control, engine development, propellers and wind tunnel testing techniques that are still used today. Orville is being portrayed by Visitor Center volunteer Allen Loew.

Throughout the day there will be special children's activities available that offer hands-on fun along with the "Picture Yourself in Space" photo booth where the entire family will enjoy becoming astronauts for a day. There will also be free literature, stickers, bookmarks and more for everyone to take home.

Advanced registration is required to attend the Centennial of Flight Celebration. To register, call 216-433-9653.

Admission to the Visitor Center is free. All adult visitors must present a government-issued photo identification to obtain entrance to the Center. Access to the Center by foreign nationals is subject to restr4ictions. Foreign nationals must call 216-433-2000 in advance for details. The Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible. Normal hours of operation are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and Sundays 1 -5 p.m.

More information about the Celebration along with directions is available online:

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