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NVIDIA Technologies Bring Travelling Wright Brothers Exhibit to Life

NVIDIA-Powered PCs Power Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Countdown to Kitty Hawk” and “Microsoft® Flight Simulator™” Virtual Wright Flyer Cradles

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Carrie Cowan
NVIDIA Corporation
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Jonathan Rhudy
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SANTA CLARA, CA AND DEARBORN, MI―JUNE 12, 2003―NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, announced today that it is the premiere sponsor of Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA’s) “Countdown to Kitty Hawk presented by Ford Motor Company” enabling thousands of people of all ages to virtually pilot historic aircraft. Billed as the most elaborate celebration of aviation in the past 100 years, NVIDIA has provided 20 high-end desktop PCs equipped with NVIDIA® GeForce™ 4 graphics and NVIDIA nForce™2 platform processors that allow attendees to fly virtual the aircraft within “Microsoft Flight Simulator™ 2004: A Century of Flight”—including a 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh’s Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis,” Douglas DC3, 747, and a Piper J-3C-65 "Cub"—inside the 24,000-square-foot touring pavilion.

As part of the interactive “Countdown to Kitty Hawk” exhibits, NVIDIA-powered PCs are also being used for specially-designed 1903 Wright Flyer virtual cradles running the soon-to-be-released “Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight” software. The cradles, which will be part of the touring pavilion, allow would-be pilots to operate the virtual aircraft from a horizontal hip cradle, using hand levers and a shifting hip mechanism to control virtual takeoffs and landings in front of a giant panoramic projection screen. NVIDIA’s GeForce4 graphics processing units (GPUs) were selected for the cradles for their ability to deliver an ideal blend of performance and features for bringing the historic flyer to life.

“NVIDIA’s commitment of technical resources and expertise allows visitors to EAA’s ‘Countdown to Kitty Hawk’ pavilion to virtually experience flying the way that the ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ programmers intended,” said EAA President, U.S. Centennial of Flight Commissioner and former acrobatic pilot Tom Poberezny. “Thanks to NVIDIA’s generosity and Microsoft’s realistic simulation software, the public can experience the thrill of flying as the Wright brothers did nearly 100 years ago."

David Roman, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA added: “Being a part of EAA’s ‘Countdown to Kitty Hawk’ is very exciting as it gives us a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of today’s sophisticated GeForce GPUs and bring aviation history to life.”
In addition to Ford Motor Company, NVIDIA joins sponsors “Microsoft Flight Simulator” and Eclipse Aviation, and other partners including FLYING magazine, the Library of Congress, the National Park Service, the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission, Inventing Flight – Dayton: 2003, the National Air Tour, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, and the First Flight Centennial Foundation.

Current tour stops include:


June 13 - 16, 2003 Tour Stop of EAA’s 2003 Wright Flyer at 100th Anniversary of Ford Motor Company Celebration, Dearborn, Mich.

July 4 - 20, 2003

Tour Stop of EAA’s 2003 Wright Flyer at Inventing Flight Celebration, Dayton, Ohio

July 29 - Aug. 4, 2003

Tour Stop of EAA’s 2003 Wright Flyer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wis.

Aug. 23 - Sept. 2, 2003

Tour Stop of EAA’s 2003 Wright Flyer at the Museum of Flight, Seattle, Wash.

Oct. 7-9, 2003

Tour Stop of EAA’s 2003 Wright Flyer at National Business Aviation Association’s 56th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Dec. 13 - 17, 2003

Final Stop of U.S. Tour of EAA’s Wright Flyer at the Wright Brothers National Monument, Kitty Hawk, N.C.


About EAA’s “Countdown to Kitty Hawk Presented By Ford Motor Company”
EAA’s “Countdown to Kitty Hawk” is a centennial celebration of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight─an innovation that forever changed our world. Led by EAA, presented by Ford Motor Company, and supported by “Microsoft Flight Simulator” and Eclipse Aviation, this yearlong series of inspirational events honors the innovation and determination it takes to make world-changing dreams a reality. “Countdown to Kitty Hawk” features an interactive touring pavilion and the world's most accurate 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction that will exclusively re-enact the Wright brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Dec. 17, 2003 – exactly 100 years later. For more information regarding the program, check the official “Countdown to Kitty Hawk” Web site at

About EAA
EAA, the Leader in Recreational Aviation, is an international association with 170,000 members and more than 1,000 local chapters. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or explore EAA’s Web site at

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