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JSU'S Alabama Centennial of Flight Exhibit Slated August 29-30

August 26, 2003 -- Alabama's Centennial of Flight exhibit will be on display at the Quintard Mall in Oxford, Alabama on Friday and Saturday August 29-30.

The extraordinary first 100 years of human flight have had an immense impact on modern society and on Alabama in particular. The Aerospace Development Center at Jacksonville State University has chosen the last six months of 2003 as the time to celebrate our state's significant role in the development of aviation and spaceflight. This traveling exhibition will tour six Alabama cities in six months, educating Alabamians about their outstanding aerospace heritage and brilliant future.

The core exhibit will consist of photographs from Alabama's aviation and space, past, present, and renderings of the future outlook. Representatives from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville will also be on hand with exciting displays and exhibits. Special activities for children of all ages will be provided by the Alabama Aerospace Teachers' Association and McWane Center of Birmingham. Recruiters from every branch of the military will be present with information about the many exciting career and education opportunities available with the U.S. Armed Forces and their aviation programs. Amy Burgess of Auburn University's 4-H aerospace education programs will also be on hand.

On Friday, August 29th, the Army will land a Huey Helicopter outside Quintard Mall and it will be available the entire day for visitors to inspect. On Saturday, the helicopter will be gone but visitors to the mall will have the opportunity to meet and talk with two Army helicopter pilots.

Also on Saturday, August 30th, Dr. Don Dodd, an Alabama author, historian, and director of the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, will be at Walden Books in the Quintard Mall from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. to autograph copies of his book Images of America: Deep South Aviation.

The Alabama Aerospace Teachers' Association (AATA), a non-profit education organization established by Alabama teachers to promote the use of aerospace education in the classroom, will have teachers available to provide educators with information ranging from membership to aerospace projects and ideas that can be taken back to the classroom. AATA serves K-12 classroom teachers throughout Alabama.

For more information contact Derek Brown at (256) 782-5972 or email dbrown@aerospace.state.al.us. For more information on the Centennial of Flight exhibit visit the website at http://aerospace.state.al.us/centennial.


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