December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully flew the
world’s first powered, controlled, heavier-than-air airplane.
Since that first flight over North Carolina’s windswept dunes
and the subsequent flights in Ohio, many others have contributed
to realizing the human dream of flight—not merely above Earth,
but also beyond the atmosphere. This symposium honors the Wright
brothers’ invention and the contributions of scientists, engineers,
daredevil pilots, bold entrepreneurs, military strategists, and
creative administrators and managers who contributed to placing
human flight among the most important technical achievements of
the twentieth century.
and its cosponsors are proud to present this free, public symposium
on people who have contributed to realizing the dream of flight.
Three panels will address “Dreamers and Doers,” “Barnstormers
and Entrepreneurs,” and “Aviation Leaders and Managers.”
We welcome managers, scholars, students, journalists, and all those
who are interested in aeronautics and space history to register
the audience will probably be familiar with some of the pioneers
profiled, the symposium presenters will also challenge the audience
to think about pioneers who are not so well known. In addition,
the symposium aims to consider how various pioneers have pursued
their dreams of flight and how flight itself has made lasting marks