National Museum of the United States Army Announces FedEx Grant

  National Museum of the United States Army Announces FedEx Grant

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- January 17, 2014

The National Museum of the United States Army today announced a grant from
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) for $1 million in support of the only existing
reproduction of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s 1908 Wright Flyer, which will be a
featured exhibit in The Army and Society Gallery of the National Museum of the
United States Army.

“FedEx Express operates the largest commercial air cargo fleet in the world,
and we honor and respect the great and unique contributions of the U.S. Army
in the development of aviation from its earliest days to the present,” said
Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp. “It’s vital
that the American people know the role the U.S. Army has played in the
development of manned aviation and in their lives.”

The 1908 Wright Flyer is an exact reproduction and was considered an essential
artifact by Museum staff. According to MG John P. Herrling (USA-Ret.),
Executive Director of the Museum’s capital campaign, the Wright brothers were
having difficulty interesting investors in their flying inventions in 1908. At
the same time, the Army was looking to acquire a flying machine that with two
people on board (one pilot and one passenger) could fly for at least an hour
at a minimum speed of forty miles per hour. When Army test flights were
completed, the Wright brothers sold the Army its first airplane and the age of
manned flight had dawned.

“This is just one of the stories of how the U.S. Army helped change America,”
said former Army Chief of Staff GEN George W. Casey, Jr. (USA-Ret.). “The Army
and Society Gallery will be full of stories of how the Army pioneered ideas
and innovations that have benefited American society. The FedEx-sponsored
1908Wright Flyerwill deliver an engaging and educational visitor
experience.”

About the National Museum of the United State Army

The National Museum of the United States Army will be constructed at Fort
Belvoir, Va., to honor the service and sacrifice of all American Soldiers who
have served since the Army’s inception in 1775. For more information on The
Army Historical Foundation and the National Museum of the United States Army,
visit www.armyhistory.org.

Contact:

The Army Historical Foundation
Susan Smullen, 703-562-4173
 
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