Sarah Keegan

The Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton and Texas-

based DGVF Productions recently signed agreements with the

U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission to become part of the

yearlong celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the

Wright brothers’ first powered flight.

As a result of the memoranda of agreement, the two

organizations will become an official part of the “Centennial

of Flight: Born of Dreams — Inspired by Freedom” celebration

and will help promote the national commemoration. The

Commission will, in turn, provide outreach support to the

Virginia Air & Space Center and DGVF Productions.

“The Virginia Air & Space Center and DGVF Productions will be

wonderful additions to the centennial commemoration,” said

Sherry Foster, executive director of the U.S. Centennial of

Flight Commission. “Both organizations are providing

educational material about aviation and the Wright brothers

that will reach the public during the centennial year and

beyond,” she said.

The Virginia Air & Space Center ( has

served as a leading source for informal science education —

from engaging permanent exhibits and interactive traveling

exhibits to inspirational educational programs — for nearly

ten years. The Center’s efforts will continue in 2003, when

it will open a new Aviation Exhibit Hall highlighting the

origins of flight and the city of Hampton Roads’ significant

role in commercial, general and military aviation.

In 2003, the Center will house a series of interactive

exhibits to tell the story of the Wright brothers, including

a full-scale reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer and the

Wright Brothers’ Bicycle Shop; “The Wright Brothers’

Propeller Exhibit,” a wind tunnel exhibit; and a Wing Warper


Visitors to the Center can “wing walk” on a re-created Jenny,

see a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer, explore a DC-9, take

off and land on a U.S. Navy carrier, ride in a World War II

bomber, become an air traffic controller, build an airplane,

sit inside the cockpit of a F-22, and test their flying

skills with a variety of simulators.

Through hands-on exhibits, programs and demonstrations, the

Center will offer students a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

From the history of Orville and Wilbur to the latest NASA

journey to space, the museum encourages visitors to discover

and explore 100 years of powered flight.

DGVF Productions

(, which has been

producing national award-winning broadcast and educational

programming for nearly 20 years, is producing “Kitty Hawk:

The Wright Brothers’ Journey of Invention,” scheduled to air

on PBS in 2003. Three years in the making, the two-hour

documentary promises to tell the technical story of the

Wright brothers’ inventive process while offering insight

into their lives in Dayton, Ohio, and North Carolina. The

program draws on the expertise of over a dozen Wright

brothers historians, including Dr. Tom Crouch, chairman of

the First Flight Centennial Advisory Board.

An estimated 75 percent of all households in the United

States will have the opportunity to view DGVF’s program,

which is scheduled for completion in early 2003. The

production will also be released on video and DVD, assuring

years of additional exposure through the general public,

libraries and schools.

“Our documentary is an inspirational story that will

celebrate the first flight and the contributions that flight

has made to our world,” said David Garrigus, president of

DGVF Productions. “We are excited to work with the U.S.

Centennial of Flight Commission and appreciate the

opportunity to become part of the national celebration,” he


The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission was created by

Congress to expand national and international interest in the

commemoration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight

through a national awareness campaign, “Centennial of Flight:

Born of Dreams — Inspired by Freedom.” More information

about the Centennial of Flight celebration and details about

the events being planned may be found online at

More information also is available from Christian Markow of

the Commission on 804/675-8153 or