Centennial of Flight:
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A Celebration of Flight:
Tuskeegee Airmen Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson and Captain Edward Woodward
This December event celebrates
the history of aviation. The Wright brothers were the first to achieve
manned powered flight in December 1903. As we approach 2003, we begin
to celebrate that we've been able to fly for almost 100 years! Distinguished
African American aviators have made important contributions to the
history of flight. NASA has a long history of contributions to airplane
design research. Did you know that before NASA there was the National
Advisory Committee for Aviation. Orville Wright was a member of that
Have you ever thought about what life would be like without airplanes?
Before the Web events
If youve never participated in a webcast or chat, review
During this Web event, you will learn about the Wright Brothers, NASA and how they have designed airplanes. You will actually get to interact with the Wright Brothers and NASA experts by posting your questions in the chat room!
Your goal is to identify problems the Wright Brothers faced and that NASA faces in designing an airplane and solutions to these problems.
Before participating in the online events, please review the bio(s) of the person(s) you will be talking to so that you can ask good questions and so that you dont ask them any questions that theyve already answered.
Think of a few good questions to ask
the experts. Go to Participation.
Click "Join" and post your questions in the chat room.
For the webcast about the history of airplane design:
To participate in a webcast, chat or
forum, click the "join" links below. If you can't attend the live
event, post your questions ahead of time, and come back later to check the archive.
|Date||Time||Activity Type||Grade Level||Description|
|Monday, 12/03/01 -Monday, 12/10/01||
available through out the week
|Forum||K-12||What would life be like with out airplanes? Ask questions of our experts Donald Mendoza, Lorie Richardson, Andy Hahn, Donovan Mathias, Ken Schrock. View the archive.|
A description of the evolution of the airplane design techniques used by NASA as described by Jack Boyd.
|12/01||8:00-9:00 AM PST
10:00-11:00 AM CST
11:00 AM -12:00 PM EST
|Webcast||3-5||Why? Files The Case of the"Wright Invention" More Information|
|Wednesday, 12/05/01||10:00-11:00 PM PST
11:00-12:00 PM CST
1:00-2:00 PM EST
|Chat||K-12||Chat with Orville and Wilbur Wright about the process they used to design airplanes. View the archive.|
10:00-11:00 AM PST
|Webcast||all||Hear Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson USAF (Ret.) a Tuskegee Airman discuss his experience and role in the history of flight. View the Archive Read the transcript|
Gallaway will speak about the Centennial
of Flight Commission and her personal experience flying the
Wright brothers' 1901 glider. A
pdf file of the Website.
View the archive