With the Centennial of Flight celebration kick-off now
less than one year away, the U.S. Centennial of Flight
Commission has entered into its first official trademark
agreement, with Richmond-based C. Forbes, Inc. Under the
terms of the agreement, C. Forbes, Inc. will have the right
to license and use the Centennial of Flight Commission logo
in connection with the design, manufacture, advertisement,
promotion and sale of certain products created to commemorate
the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight.

“Forbes has a reputation for finding the right item to
capture the essence of the occasion,” Sherry Foster,
executive director of the U.S. Centennial of Flight
Commission, said. “The items the company produces will be a
great way for aviation enthusiasts and the general public to
remember the Centennial year.”

C. Forbes, Inc. currently has plans for a Centennial of
Flight coin, medallion and ornament, as well as other
possible commemorative pieces.

“We have done commemorative items for a number of important
milestones and significant events, including the inaugural
medallion for President George W. Bush, the Bicentennial of
the United States Military Academy and 20th anniversary of the
first Space Shuttle flight,” Chip Forbes, President of C.
Forbes, Inc., said. “When we heard about the Centennial of
Flight celebration it seemed like a natural fit for us.”

The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission is coordinating a
national outreach campaign for the “Centennial of Flight:
Born of Dreams — Inspired by Freedom” celebration, and
advising the President, Congress and federal agencies on the
most effective ways to encourage and promote national and
international participation in 2003.

More information about the Commission can be found on the
U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission Web site at:

More information also is available from Christian Markow of
the Commission at 804/675-8153 and Chip Forbes of C. Forbes,
Inc. at 804/282-2800.