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Centennial Flight Banquet Shown Live from Oshkosh

December 17, 2003 - Spirits soared at the EAA AirVenture Museum on Wednesday evening, December 17, during the sold-out Centennial of Flight Banquet. More than 400 people gathered in the Eagle Hangar to see a rebroadcast of the day's events at Kitty Hawk, hear special guests Voyager pilot Dick Rutan and airline pilot Julie Savage, watch exclusive pre-recorded messages from Amanda Wright Lane, Stephen Wright, Tom Poberezny and others, plus revel with other aviation enthusiasts on the 100th anniversary of flight.

Among the guests were several teachers and young people from EAA's Charter School program in Oshknosh. Many of them shared how learning about aviation has affected their lives and will take them into the second century of flight.

This was the first time in AirVenture Museum history that EAA members were able to join the event in Oshkosh from their homes via EAA's Members Only website, thanks to a grant from the Wright Family Foundation.

This successful endeavor has encouraged EAA to explore this type of live video coverage for future Oshkosh events. Local EAA Chapter 572 members from Fond du Lac were monumental in coordinating the evening's activities as well as special Museum events during the day. The evening ended appropriately when EAA Founder and Chairman Paul H. Poberezny offered a toast to the memory of the Wright brothers.

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