Dec. 16, 2002
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Governor proclaims December start of
AMES, Iowa – Governor Thomas J. Vilsack has signed
a declaration proclaiming December 2002 as the start of Iowa’s yearlong
celebration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight.
The Wright brothers’ first successful powered flight
occurred Dec. 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, NC, and is considered one of the most
significant events of the 20th century. In recognition, a national
“Centennial of Flight Celebration” initiative was established. Iowa is
joining in that celebration.
Iowa’s rich aviation history makes this historic event
even more significant. The Wright brothers spent part of their formative years
in Cedar Rapids; Ellen Church, the nation’s first flight attendant, was from
Cresco; Amelia Earhart saw her first plane at the Iowa State Fair; and Peggy
Whitson of Beaconsfield just completed a marathon flight aboard the space
Recognition and celebration of this momentous occasion
bears out the impact aviation has on the lives of all Iowans. For example,
business and industry in the state rely on aviation for both their profitability
and continued connectivity to their customers, suppliers and employees.
Iowa businesses need a viable air transportation system to retain and
enhance employment, product and service opportunities.
Maintaining the economic and social benefits afforded by
aviation demands a well-informed public and commitment to the continued support
of Iowa’s aviation system.
Many events will be hosted throughout the state during the
next year commemorating the centennial of flight. The Office of Aviation’s Web
site - iawings.com - is your source of information for events around Iowa and