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

Posted December 12, 2003 6:19 a.m. EST

— The White House announced today that President Bush plans to speak in Kill Devil Hills on Wednesday to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright's famous flight.

Bush's attendance at the North Carolina festivities had been in question. This summer, he joined celebrations marking the centennial of powered flight instead in Ohio, a hard-fought political battleground.

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

At the time, it was seen as a slight to North Carolina, a more staunchly Republican state that Bush won handily in 2000 but which fuels with Ohio for bragging rights to the "birthplace of aviation" tag.

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