More EAA Member-Pilots Chosen to Fly State Flags to Kitty Hawk
CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (May 13, 2003) - EAA and the National Park
Service - partners in EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk program,
presented by Ford Motor Company, announced today that eight
additional EAA-member pilots have been chosen to represent their
states in EAA’s “50 Flags to Kitty Hawk” initiative,
celebrating the achievements of the Wright brothers and 100 years
of powered flight.
The eight pilots - selected to
represent the states of Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii,
Kansas, New Jersey, New York and Vermont - will fly their
respective state flag to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in
Kitty Hawk, N.C., on a day of their choice prior to December 1,
2003. Each pilot will also carry a proclamation from that state’s
Governor declaring the day of their flight “50 Flags to Kitty
Hawk Day” for their respective state.
Upon arriving in Kitty Hawk, each
pilot will be welcomed by the National Park Service, take part in
official welcoming ceremonies, after which the flag of their
respective state will be raised and flown throughout the day at
the National Memorial. At year’s end, the 50 flags delivered
will be used in the creation of a permanent EAA/NPS “50 Flags to
Kitty Hawk” display at the site.
The eight selected are:
- Kendell Smith, Anchorage,
Alaska, an EAA member since 1997, who will fly his PA-18 Super
Cub to Kitty Hawk later this month.
- Stephen Korta, Marlborough,
Conn., an EAA member since 1985, who will fly his Fairchild 24
to Kitty Hawk at a date yet to be determined.
- Barry Breeding, Harrington,
Del., an EAA member since 1995, who will fly his Cessna 172M
to Kitty Hawk later this month.
- Eliot Merk, Hilo, Hawaii, an EAA
member since 1993, who will fly his Mooney 201 to Kitty Hawk
in August. Accompanying him will be Jud Schandel.
- Benjamin Lee, Wichita, Kan., an
EAA member since 1992, who will fly his Cessna 206 to Kitty
Hawk in June. Accompanying him will be his wife Audra, son
Brandon, and daughter Claire-Bailey.
- Angus Fraser, Leonardo, N.J., an
EAA member since 2002, who will fly his Yakovlev 52 to Kitty
Hawk at a date yet to be determined. Accompanying his will be
a senior chosen from the New Jersey school system.
- John Morrow, Kingston, N.Y., an
EAA member since 1990, who will fly his Aeronca Champ 7CCM to
Kitty Hawk on August 16. Accompanying him will be John
Martino, Gary Mulligan and Bruce Snow.
- Loren Shaw, Derby, Vt., an EAA
member since 1999, who will fly his C-182 Skylane to Kitty
Hawk at a date yet to be determined. Accompanying him will be
Frank Fabiani and Alden Blanchard.
The eight selections bring to 26
the number of EAA member pilots chosen to participate in the “50
Flags to Kitty Hawk” program.
EAA’s “Countdown to Kitty Hawk”
is a centennial celebration of the Wright brothers’ first
powered flight - an innovation that forever changed our world. Led
by EAA, presented by Ford Motor Company, and supported by
Microsoft Flight Simulator and Eclipse Aviation, this year-long
series of inspirational events honors the innovation and
determination it takes to make world-changing dreams a reality.
“Countdown to Kitty Hawk” features an interactive touring
pavilion and the world’s most-accurate 1903 Wright brothers’
first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC, on December 17, 2003 - exactly 100
years later. For more information regarding the program, check the
official “Countdown to Kitty Hawk” web site (www.countdowntokittyhawk.com).