KITTY HAWK, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s annual celebration of flight will honor NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr.
The First Flight Society said Bolden will be inducted Monday into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine as part of the 109th celebration of powered flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills.
Bolden was commander of the 1994 Discovery flight, an eight-day mission that was the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission. The mission involved a Russian cosmonaut as a mission specialist. The Columbia, S.C., native was chosen by President Barack Obama to be NASA’s 12th administrator. He assumed the post in 2009.
This year’s celebration recognizes the 100th anniversary of Marine Corps Aviation. Bolden is being honored for his accomplishments and as a representative of Marine Corps Aviation.
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