Wednesday, December 17, 2003

100 Years in Flight

100 years ago today, Wilbur and Orville Wright managed what many said would never be accomplished: they flew a heavier-than-air vehicle in sustained, controlled flight. The flights weren't very long but they gave proof that it could, in fact, be done. The feat is often cited as evidence that anything is possible. So today, in memory of those boys from the bike shop, I tip my cyber-hat and say "Congrats!"

Fitting also that this week they opened the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport. The Center is the long-awaited annex for the National Air & Space Museum and contains a huge number of aircraft and spacecraft. The space shuttle Enterprise is there along with the B-29 Enola Gay, the only known remaining WWII German jet bomber the Arado AR 234 "Blitz", a WWI bomber known as the "Cauldron G.4", and the SR-71 Blackbird.