For Release: December 15, 2003
On Wednesday, December 17, NASA's Glenn Research Center will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright brother's first powered flight, by hosting a free one-hour videoconference and Webcast for middle school students across the country at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., EST.
The program, entitled "12 Seconds that Changed the World", will feature aerospace experts playing the roles of Orville and Wilbur Wright. The presenters will cover not only those first 12 seconds of flight at Kitty Hawk but also developments in aeronautics during the last century using exhibits from Glenn's Visitor Center for illustration.
Orville and Wilbur will discuss their various flight tests and demonstrate many of the technical aspects of their invention by using a replica of their 1903 flyer. They will also provide an explanation of their unique wing-warping technique for roll control, engine development, propellers and wind tunnel testing techniques, which are still in use today.
Recreating the role of Wilbur Wright will be Tom Benson, an aeronautical engineer in Glenn's Turbomachinery and Propulsion Systems Division. He is also involved with the development of NASA's Re-Living the Wright Way web site. Roger Storm, a chemistry teacher at Fairview Park High School, will play the role of Orville.
Media representatives interested in attending the broadcast should call Sallie Keith or the Media Relations Office 216-433-2901 in order to be cleared through security.
To log on to the Webcast and for more information on Re-Living the Wright Way visit: http://wright.grc.nasa.gov
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