The Flying Ace Unveils Festival Poster on WRAL

The Flying Ace Unveils Festival Poster on WRAL

Festival of Flight interview
WRAL-TV’s Laurie Clowers (l) interviewed Gordon Clapp & pal Snoopy about Festival of Flight 2003.

WRAL-TV’s Noon News had an extra-special pet of the day on Monday, January 20, 2003. Snoopy, Charles Schultz’s infamous beagle stopped by the station with Festival of Flight President & CEO Gordon Clapp to tell viewers about Festival of Flight 2003.

Fayetteville’s Festival of Flight 2003 recently announced that Snoopy will be their official mascot for events leading up to and including the Festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brother’s flight this May. Festival organizers chose Snoopy as its “spokes-dog” because of his antics as a WWII flying ace and traditional rivalry with the Red Baron.

Snoopy, along with Clapp, unveiled a commemorative poster celebrating the Festival of Flight. The poster is being sold for $10, via the Festival of Flight’s website. The image will be the cover of the Festival of Flight program.

Later that evening Snoopy hit the ice at the Carolina Hurricane’s game with the Canes mascot, Stormy.

The Festival of Flight will be the largest public centennial of flight event in North Carolina. Based in Fayetteville, the event will consist of a series of aviation related events including an air show at Grannis Field and activities at Pope AFB. The Festival of Flight celebration will run for 11 days, May 16 – 26, culminating with a Memorial Day celebration.

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