Air Force kicks off Centennial of Flight celebration

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The Air Force joins the yearlong Centennial of Flight celebration on Dec. 17 that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first powered flight.

The Air Force will participate in centennial events honoring a century of aviation heroes and communicate its contributions to airpower, from the earliest beginnings of powered flight to today's expeditionary air and space force and the future in air and space.

"The world has changed dramatically since 1903, yet the drive and determination to harness the promise of flight has never been stronger," 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."

The Air Force Centennial of Flight Web site presents the latest information on the celebration, with a calendar of centennial events and list of products. It is also a resource center for centennial information including speeches, aviation-themed educational resources and lesson plans, and support for centennial events around the country.

Celebrations will take place Dec. 17 in Ohio, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Plans are currently underway for a Global Air Chiefs Conference, inviting air chiefs from more than 160 countries to the United States to discuss the future of aviation in military operations. Other Centennial events being planned by the Air Force include a history symposium and an aviation art exhibit.

The Air Force Centennial of Flight Office was established to promote a positive public awareness of the Air Force, support recruiting, enhance retention and strengthen relationships within the worldwide aviation community. It will coordinate all Air Force events, projects and information commemorating the centennial.