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The Alabama Bicentennial Commission and Airbus unveiled the bicentennial traveling exhibition “Alabama’s Aviation History” at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery on January 26.

Sponsored by Airbus, the exhibition showcases Alabama’s long and significant history in aviation, aeronautics, and aerospace innovation and achievement. Its earliest beginnings predate the famous Wright Brothers' first civilian flying school, established in Montgomery in 1910, and its history embraces both world wars, as well as a pivotal ongoing role in space research and exploration. The Alabama Community College System and the Alabama Humanities Foundation are partners in the project.

Michelle Hurdle of Airbus notes that the exhibition celebrates a history that helped bring Airbus to Alabama. “Airbus found a real home in Alabama where innovation and excellence are traditions. The exhibition will help tell that story to people all over the state.”

“Alabama’s Aviation History” opened in conjunction with the premiere of FLY, a play about the Tuskegee Airmen. The exhibition will go on to tour the state through a partnership with the Alabama Community College System. ACCS is coordinating the exhibition and providing exhibition sites with the support of the Alabama Humanities Foundation, which has helped plan the project and oversees transportation.

For more information about the exhibition and to see its travel schedule, visit Alabama Humanities Foundation's website. Performances of FLY run from January 26 to February 11, 2018. Tickets can be ordered by calling (334) 271-5353, online at www.asf.net or by visiting the ASF Box Office at One Festival Drive, Montgomery, AL.