Do you realize it has only been 99 years and counting since humanity stopped being earthbound? 2003 is going to be an exciting celebration for flight: it’s the centennial anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight which took place on December 17, 1903. On that day, Orville and Wilbur Wright launched their gasoline-powered, single engine, twin-propeller biplane over the dunes in North Carolina. There are a number of web sites that will show you how to participate in the celebration: www.wrhs.org/sites/auto.htm, www.grc.nasa.gov, www.nationalaviation.org, www.firstflightnc.com, www.onlineuniversity.net/history/museum-of-airplanes/, www.centennialofflight.gov/index2.cfm. WHEW!
Kites…on a Roll® News
Here are some kite festivals and celebrations to jot down in your spring calendar:
The wonderful fly at the Smithsonian Institution is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2003, and National Kite Month (April 1- May 4, 2003)-a great welcome to Spring- offers all kinds of kiting experiences whether you are a new or experienced flier.
Check www.nationalkitemonth.org for an event near you. The site also contains lots of information about kite flying, the Wright Brothers, and all kinds of free resources.
In honor of the Wright Brothers’ singular achievement, the American Kitefliers Association annual convention (a wonderful event, both on and off the field) will be held in the fall at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. You will find more sky filled events listed at www.aka.kite.org.
Hints for an Easier Activity
We discovered a terrific sticker: It’s called Scratch Magic ™ stickers by Scratch Art. The black stickers come in different shapes with a wooden drawing stylus that is used to scratch out colorful images. Call 1-800-377-9003 to find a dealer near you. We think we have solved the tape problem! We are hoping to have the tape available for purchase with our kite kits by the end of March. I can’t believe how hard it has been to track down a tape that really sticks (but is not too sticky), is appropriate for a craft project and is reasonably priced.
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