FAA HQ now has 'wright' stuff

 - July 25, 2007, 5:30 AM

The two buildings that house the offices of the FAA in Washington have been named after the Wright brothers. The structures are situated along Independence Avenue, separated from each other by 7th Street.

Earlier this year Congress approved and President Bush signed legislation renaming the FAA’s federal building 10-A at 800 Independence Ave., SW, the Orville Wright Federal Building, and federal building 10-B at 600 Independence Ave., SW, the Wilbur Wright Federal Building.

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta and FAA Administrator Marion Blakey held a formal naming ceremony July 7, attended by Reps. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), Mike Turner (R-Ohio), former FAA Administrators and members of the Wright family. One-third-scale replicas of the Wright Flyer and Wright Glider have been hung permanently in the building lobbies. Both replicas were previously displayed at the Rockefeller Center Cradle of Flight exhibitions in New York last summer.