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1903 - 2003: One Hundred Years of Flight

ANSI Salutes Aviation and Aerospace Members

New York, Dec 17, 2003

On December 17, 1903, a Wright Flyer carried two brothers into history. As events around the nation celebrate the "centennial of flight" on the anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright's historic achievement at Kitty Hawk, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) salutes its members that contribute to the innovation, safety and progress of flight today.

Orville’s 1903 flight of 120 feet marked the first time a powered flying machine had taken off from level ground, traveled through the air, and landed under the control of its pilot.

"Powered flight has advanced in ways that could not have been imagined on December 17, 1903," said President George Bush at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. “And in the future, flight will advance in ways that none of us can imagine as we stand here today."

Marion C. Blakey, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, an ANSI member, acknowledged the FAA’s role in the first century of flight. "The Centennial of Flight celebration has a special meaning for the FAA. This agency and its predecessor agencies have helped chart the course of aviation for more than three quarters of a century." The Air Commerce Act of 1926 first gave the Department of Commerce responsibility for aviation. Today, the Federal Aviation Administration oversees the world’s safest, biggest, and busiest aviation system.

From the nuts and bolts of prop planes to space shuttle launches, standards have served as essential elements of aviation and aerospace. Several ANSI members have developed enlightening and interactive online resources on the history of aviation. We invite you to visit these informative and entertaining links:

Also of interest: U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission

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