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State looks to Lindbergh to open doors at airshow

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Jun 3, 2005 12:40 am
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Clay Holtzman, NMBW Staff: When aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh completed the first transatlantic flight in 1927, the event helped launch the commercial aircraft industry.

And later this month at the Paris Air Show, state officials want the famous pilot’s grandson to help convince the world of the opportunities presented by commercial space flight and New Mexico’s X Prize competition.

Erik Lindbergh, a pilot who in 2002 reenacted his grandfather’s famous flight to mark the trip’s 75th anniversary, will serve as a a sort of ambassador for New Mexico during the air show to help the state tout its aviation resources and its desire to grow an industry cluster here.

“In the near future, when people think about New Mexico, they are going to think about space flight,” Lindbergh said at a news conference announcing the state’s presence at the show which runs from June 13 to 19.

A handful of state officials, along with Lindbergh, will travel to Paris for the show where they will meet with representatives of several companies and attempt to initiate discussions about how the state can help their operations.

“His presence and visibility there will attract a lot of attention to New Mexico,” says Rick Homans, state economic development secretary.

Lindbergh’s expenses for attending the show will be paid for by the state but, he says, he is not being paid to help market New Mexico at the show. Click here to read the full article.

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