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Shelton Named Honorary Chairman Of 2003 Festival

Posted November 9, 2001 3:35 a.m. EST

— Gen. Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been named as the honorary chairman of Fayetteville's celebration marking the centennial of the Wright Brothers' first flight.

Organizers of

Festival Of Flight 2003

said that Gen. Shelton, who served as the military's highest authority until October 2001, will provide valuable leadership in the development of the festival's events and exhibits, particularly those that honor military aviation.

The festival, with a focus on education, will celebrate the variety of ways flight has influenced modern life, including commercial aviation, space exploration, humanitarian efforts and military combat over the past 100 years.

"We are delighted to welcome Gen. Shelton to our board of directors," said Festival of Flight 2003 Executive Director Gordon Clapp. "His military achievements and the high esteem in which he is held are a tremendous credit to our event."

Gen. Shelton's military career includes serving as commanding general of the 18th Airborne Corps and commander of the 82nd Airborne, both stationed at Fort Bragg. Shelton is also a native North Carolinian, born in Tarboro.

The military focus of Festival of Flight 2003 carries particular significance in Fayetteville, home to Pope Air Force Base and Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne.

In fact, the recently adopted theme for the event demonstrates the city's pride in its military strength: "Kitty Hawk, where it all began. Fayetteville, what it has become."

Festival of Flight 2003 will run from May 16 to May 26, 2003, and will feature a series of special events and exhibits dedicated to the history of aviation and the future of flight technology.