Flight celebrations are worth $900,000

RICHMOND, VA: After a competitive pitch involving 11 agencies,

Carter Riley Thomas has won the US Centennial of Flight account, a

three-year-long project that will celebrate the anniversary of the

Wright brothers' first powered flight.

The commission is not releasing the names of the 11 agencies that bid

for the account. Three finalists were chosen based on proposals that

outlined their capabilities, and one of the finalists voluntarily


The FAA-administered contract, which is for one year with two renewable

options, is worth $900,000 in fees and expenses. There is no


According to Sarah Keegan, spokesperson for the commission, CRT may

spend up to $300,000 per year.

Work starts this month, and culminates with a celebration in Kitty Hawk,

NC on December 17, 2003. One of CRT's goals is to support the events of

other organizations holding celebratory events, and to promote the

concept of invention to schools.

The Centennial of Flight Commission was created by Congress two years

ago in preparation for the anniversary of the Wright brothers'


Many of the activities will be centered in Kitty Hawk, where the first

powered flight took place, and in Dayton, OH, the Wright brothers' home.

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