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Contact:
Chriss Swaney/Carnegie Mellon
412-268-7761
Kate R. Ledger/ University of Pittsburgh
412-624-2640

For immediate release:
September 19, 2003

Carnegie Mellon and The University of Pittsburgh Celebrate Pittsburgh's Role In The History of Flight And Langley Planes Along With Replica of Wright Brothers Plane

PITTSBURGH—Officials from both Carnegie Mellon and The University of Pittsburgh will kick off a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first successful flight Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at Carnegie Mellon. Nick Engler, chief builder of the Wright Brothers Airplane Company, will join school officials and an ROTC Color Guard to unveil the working replica, one of five experimental airplanes that the Wright Brothers originally crafted between 1899 and 1903. A symposium dubbed "Flight Appreciation: The Wright Brothers and Samuel Langley," will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh's Benedum Hall featuring Art Davidson, a senior scientist in Carnegie Mellon's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, James Tobin, author of To Conquer Air:The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight, and Engler of the Wright Brothers Airplane Company.

WRIGHT AIRPLANE EXHIBIT

WHEN: 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24.

WHERE: Carnegie Mellon University, the Mall in front of Hunt Library off Frew Street and Schenley Park.

WRIGHT BROTHERS AND SAMUEL LANGLEY SYMPOSIUM

WHEN: Noon, Wednesday, Sept. 24, Posvar Hall

WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24.

WHERE: University of Pittsburgh, Benedum Hall, Oakland.

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