TRAVOLTA TO SERVE AS MASTER OF CEREMONIES FOR
DECEMBER 17, 2003 FIRST FLIGHT CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION CEREMONIES
Hills, N.C. (Oct. 28, 2003) - Organizers of the First Flight
Centennial Celebration announced today that international
superstar John Travolta has agreed to appear during the First
Flight Centennial Celebration in December at Wright Brothers
National Memorial. Travolta will serve as master of ceremonies for
the program on December 17. The First Flight Centennial
Celebration culminates a yearlong commemoration honoring the
Wright brothers and a century of powered flight.
"John Travolta has served as
an ambassador for flight around the world," said Lawrence A.
Belli, superintendent, Outer Banks Group, National Park Service.
"It is fitting that he will join us in honoring the Wright
brothers achievements 100 years later."
Travolta, a licensed jet pilot who
serves as Australian-based international airline Qantas'
Ambassador-at-Large, will also fly his Boeing 707 as part of the
day's ceremonial fly-over. He has logged close to 5,000 hours
since earning his wings in 1974.
"I was thrilled to kick-off
the national celebration last December," said Travolta.
"It is an even bigger honor to be asked to participate in the
activities of the day 100 years later on the very ground where it
The First Flight Centennial
Celebration will begin on Dec. 12, 2003. The six-day event is
designed to commemorate the last century of flight; celebrate the
achievements of aviators throughout history; and inspire the next
generation of aviators to further the Wright brothers' dream.
"John Travolta's enthusiasm
for aviation is infectious," said North Carolina Secretary of
Cultural Resources Lisbeth "Libba" Evans. "We are
honored that he has agreed to participate in this historic
commemoration at the birthplace of aviation, Wright Brothers
President George W. Bush has been
invited to participate in the day's activities. Numerous aviation
and aerospace pioneers will be in attendance.
Following his breakout role in the
1970s television series "Welcome Back, Kotter," Travolta
launched a successful film career with such projects as Carrie,
Saturday Night Fever (his first Academy Award nomination for
Best Actor), Grease, Urban Cowboy, Blowout and Look
Who's Talking. He earned his second Oscar nomination for the
1994 crime thriller Pulp Fiction, bringing him to a new
level of stardom behind such films as Get Shorty (which
garnered a Golden Globe win among four other nominations), Broken
Arrow, Phenomenon, Michael, Face Off, Primary Colors, A Civil
Action, Battlefield Earth, The General's Daughter, Swordfish
In addition to aviation-related
activities, daily musical entertainment will be provided at 1 p.m.
on the Main Stage. The line-up of entertainment includes The Beach
Boys (December 13); The Temptations (December 14); country music
singer Aaron Tippin (December 15); and Lee Greenwood (December
Tickets are still available for
purchase for December 13-16 at $10 per day until the 35,000-ticket
limit has been reached for each of those days. Tickets for
December 17 are sold out. Tickets are currently available between
10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern time by going online at www.wrightbrothers.reserveworld.com,
or by calling 1-800-973-7327, or (301) 722-1257 for callers
outside of the United States.
All of the most recent information
on the First Flight Centennial Celebration can be accessed at the
Centennial Web site on www.firstflightcentennial.org.