Microsoft To Join The Centennial Of Flight Celebration As Part Of EAA’s Countdown To Kitty Hawk Presented By Ford Motor Company
“Flight Simulator” team to enable visitors at EAA’s 2003 interactive
touring pavilion to step back in history and virtually experience
what only two men, Orville
and Wilbur Wright, have experienced - flight in the first powered,
Fla. (April 7, 2002) - Microsoft Corp. and EAA - The Leader in
Recreational Aviation - today announced that Microsoft plans to provide
technology and support for EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk presented by
Ford Motor Company. Microsoft is developing a computer model of the Wright
brothers’ 1903 Flyer that will work in its award-winning “Flight
simulated aircraft will be a feature element of a unique, hands-on
experience of the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer for EAA’s
24,000-square-foot Countdown to Kitty Hawk touring pavilion in 2003. To
ensure accuracy of the computer model, the simulation will be based on
EAA’s 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction that is scheduled to fly at the
exact moment of the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ historic
flight on Dec. 17, 2003 at Kitty Hawk, N.C. for the world’s First Flight
of the Microsoft “Flight Simulator” team and EAA’s Countdown to
Kitty Hawk staff unveiled plans for the computer experience from the
Countdown to Kitty Hawk exhibit at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland,
intensive scientific study and research, the Wright brothers unlocked the
secrets to sustained, powered, controlled flight and changed forever the
way mankind travels and interacts,” said Bruce Williams, business
development manager for Microsoft® “Flight Simulator.” “We’re
pleased to work with the premier recreational aviation organization, EAA,
and to use our expertise and knowledge of aviation to re-create flight in
the 1903 Wright Flyer. Through this simulation, paticipants will be able
to travel back 100 years and experience the challenge and excitement of
flying the first successful powered airplane.”
model will enable the pilot to experience the 1903 Flyer just as Orville
and Wilbur Wright did. To fly the virtual aircraft, the pilot will lie on
his or her stomach in front of a giant projection screen depicting the
sand dunes just outside of Kitty Hawk, N.C. The pilot then will use hand
levers and a shifting hip mechanism to control the virtual Flyer and
practice take-offs and landings. Those movements will control the
Microsoft “Flight Simulator” version of the 1903 Flyer just as a
computer joystick operates the flight controls on other aircraft in
simulation of the 1903 Wright Flyer will demonstrate the peculiar skills
that Orville and Wilbur used to fly such an amazing aircraft. We hope it
will be an eye-opening experience that will build greater respect for the
Wright brothers among visitors to EAA’s touring pavilion,” Williams
To create the most accurate simulation of the 1903 Wright Flyer, the Microsoft “Flight Simulator” team plans to work with EAA to research the details of the aircraft, the site where the Flyer flew and historical accounts of Dec. 17, 1903.
Wright brothers are known leaders in innovation. We’re proud to be
working with another modern-day innovator, Microsoft, to share the story
and experiences of the Wright brothers with people around the world,”
said Randal Dietrich, executive director for EAA’s Countdown to Kitty
Hawk. “The Microsoft ‘Flight Simulator’ team is uniquely qualified
to help develop an experience that accurately represents such a historic
simulation of the 1903 Wright Flyer is scheduled to be part of EAA’s
Countdown to Kitty Hawk touring pavilion that will premiere at the 2003
Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland. The pavilion is scheduled to make several
other stops at significant events and celebrations such as EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2003, Ford Motor Company’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in June
2003 and Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003. The tour will culminate at the
First Flight Centennial Celebration event on Dec. 17, 2003 at the Wright
Brothers National Memorial near Kitty Hawk, made possible through a
partnership with the National Park Service.
Microsoft “Flight Simulator”
“Flight Simulator” 2002 is available in stores now, by calling Microsoft at (888) 218-5617, or on the Internet at http://shop.microsoft.com/ for an estimated retail price of $54.95 (U.S.) for the Standard Edition, or $74.95 (U.S.) for the Professional Edition. “Flight Simulator” 2002 has an ESRB rating of “E” for Everyone. For more information, please visit the official site at http://www.microsoft.com/games/flightsimulator/.
the Microsoft PC Games Group
EAA’s Countdown to Kitty Hawk presented by Ford Motor Company
centerpiece of Countdown to Kitty Hawk will be the highlight of all
activities associated with the Centennial of Flight. EAA and Ford Motor
Company will re-create the Wright brothers’ historic first flight at the
Wright Brothers National Memorial near Kitty Hawk at 10:35 a.m. on Dec.
17, 2003 - exactly 100 years to the minute.
a historic partnership, Ford Motor Company is driving the Countdown to
Kitty Hawk initiative. As one of the premier innovators of his generation,
Henry Ford was fascinated by flight and shared a vision with the fellow
inventors of his era including his friends the Wright brothers. In 2004,
EAA’s 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction will be installed at the Henry Ford
Museum in Dearborn, Mich. for public viewing.
more information about Countdown to Kitty Hawk, visit www.countdowntokittyhawk.org.
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