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President Bush To Join First Flight Celebration In N.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House announced today thatPresident Bush plans to speak in Kill Devil Hills on Wednesday tohelp celebrate the 100th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright'sfamous flight.

Bush's attendance at the North Carolina festivities had been inquestion. This summer, he joined celebrations marking the centennialof powered flight instead in Ohio, a hard-fought politicalbattleground.

The president traveled to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base nearDayton on July 4.

At the time, it was seen as a slight to North Carolina, a morestaunchly Republican state that Bush won handily in 2000 but whichfuels with Ohio for bragging rights to the "birthplace ofaviation" tag.

About 200,000 people are expected at the Wright BrothersNational Memorial in Kill Devil Hills over the next few days for a$10 million party to honor the brothers' milestone.