Air Force celebrates Centennial of Flight
/ Published December 15, 2003
KITTY HAWK, N.C. (AFPN) -- The U.S. Air Force is bringing aviators, aircraft and adventure to the First Flight Centennial Celebration here through Dec. 17.
The celebration commemorates the past century of flight and looks to the next generation of aviators to further the Wright brothers' dream.
"The Centennial of Flight is as much about our future as it is about our past. Military aviation developed quickly after that first flight," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper. "From the Wright Flyer to the F/A-22 Raptor, America continues to pioneer cutting-edge technology, and its airmen remain champions of innovation."
Aircraft flybys include a spectrum of the Air Force inventory, from the F/A-22 Raptor to the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Additionally, the Air Force will have exhibits, speakers and festivities that highlight aviation heritage and inspire pursuit of the sky.
The U.S. Air Force Academy's "Wings of Blue" parachute team will be performing during the event and the school's mascot, a peregrine falcon, will also be there.
The "Cross Into The Blue" Tour, a high-tech, interactive experience, will be on hand throughout the event. Highlights include:
-- A state-of-the-art movie theater with a 6-foot-by-14-foot movie screen and digital surround sound featuring a three-and-a-half-minute, high-powered audio visual experience of what it is like to be an airman in today's U.S. Air Force.
-- An air-to-air refueling game designed to test skills as a boom operator on a refueling tanker.
-- An equilibrium ride designed to show the "spatial disorientation" pilots may encounter during flight.
-- A special operations jumper interactive virtual-reality game that simulates a parachute jump.
-- A satellite-systems display to help explain the detail and intricacies of a global positioning system satellite.
-- An F-16 Fighting Falcon jet.