35th International SAMPE Technical Conference
Materials and Processes: Enabling Flight ... Our Legacy and Future
September 28 - October 2, 2003
100th Anniversary of Powered Flight - Learn the Secrets!
"Learning the secret of flight from a bird was a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician. After you once know the trick and what to look for, you see things that you did not notice when you did not know exactly what to look for." Orville Wright, from How We Invented the Airplane (see bottom for more!)
Greetings from Dayton Ohio! This year is the 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight, and Dayton is the place to be!! The Wright Brothers engineered and developed their early flying machines exclusively in Dayton, which is why Dayton has emerged as one of the world's leading cities for aviation history. Accordingly, SAMPE has planned a very special Technical Conference for the fall of 2003.
The Organizing Committee has put together an exceptionally strong program with technical presentations, panels, tutorials and vendor/supplier exhibits to update you on considerable technology. We expect over 100 technical papers, which will be included in the hardbound and CD ROM proceedings, and 50-70 exhibitors. Critical issues pertaining to advanced materials applications in today's environment will be discussed in panel settings allowing audience interaction.
At the SAMPE ISTC this fall you will find a family-friendly atmosphere, with many special spots to visit before, during, and after the conference related to aviation history. Throughout the summer we will be sending you occasional email notices and messages highlighting the various activities as well as technical program details, including:
- Keynote speaker, George Muellner, Senior Vice President of Boeing Air Force Systems
- Tutorial topics
- A chance to take a personal flight on a re-created Wright Flyer
- A not-to-miss evening banquet at the world-renowned US Air Force Museum, where you will dine under the wing of a B-52 and have the opportunity to tour over 300 aircraft and missiles on display.
- A walk back in time through Carillon Historic Park, with many historic buildings, machines, and the actual Wright Brother's 1905 Flyer - the first "practical aircraft" - on display.
- A close-up look at an all-composite flying Wright Flyer replica, constructed by Utah State University.
- "Uncovering the Mysteries of Building the 1903 Wright Flyer", special presentation by Wright Brothers historians Howard DuFour and Tobey Cordell
Conference Website: For detail on the various conference activities and travel information, visit the conference web site
Wright Brothers Trivia #1
As a regular feature of our notifications, we will be including interesting facts, quotes, or stories pertaining to the Wright Brothers development of their early flying machines and the first flight. In this issue, Orvilles quote given above dispels the myth that he and his brother, Wilbur, learned how to design the first airplane by watching birds in flight. Though the Wright Brothers often studied the flight of birds in the hope of learning something, they did not at first learn anything of use in that way. After they had thought out certain principles, they then watched the birds to see if they used the same principles. [Source: O. Wright, How We Invented the Airplane, An Illustrated History, Ed. F.C. Kelly, Dover Publications, Inc., New York.]
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