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Frank Christensen to Speak at EAA Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet


Frank Christensen
Frank Christensen

Christen Eagle
Christen Eagle

November 1, 2012 - On December 14, EAA will welcome Frank Christensen, innovative pioneer in the homebuilt kit movement, as keynote speaker at the annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet. The banquet, held in the Founders Wing of the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, commemorates the 109th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

In 1978, Christensen unveiled his Christen Eagle II kit, the first truly complete kit aircraft that revolutionized the homebuilt movement. His unique approach made the hands-on challenge of building an airplane a simpler, more achievable project for the novice builder.

Christensen's prototype Christen Eagle II, which he donated to the EAA AirVenture Museum in 2011, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit under construction that will be dedicated during the reception at this year's banquet. Funded by EAA Lifetime members Lewis Shaw and John Dunham (a Christen Eagle builder), the new exhibit will allow museum visitors to understand, appreciate, and be inspired by the kit approach to building aircraft.

As Dunham shared, "The kit came with 24 manuals and every possible part needed to build. It even had the razor needed to open the shrink wrap!"

Added Shaw, "[Christensen] also opened the doors to thousands of new EAA members who dreamed of flying aerobatics, but did not have the equipment or time to begin from scratch. He set a new and exciting standard for quality and design in homebuilding that has not been exceeded but has become the mark to emulate."

Honoring the spirit and achievements of the Wright brothers is a tradition at EAA. Like Orville and Wilbur Wright, many men and women whose pioneering spirit, desire to innovate solutions to current challenges and open the door to the development of technologies, help further our dreams to fly. As a grassroots movement, motivating and even facilitating individual entrepreneurs is part of the organization's DNA.

Tickets are $50 for EAA members and guest, $60 for non-members/guest, and include the reception and exhibit dedication, full-service dinner, and evening program. Reserve your tickets online or call 920-426-6823. We look forward to seeing you in Oshkosh!


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