Commercial Astronaut Wings Presentation

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To mark the historic and successful flight into space last year on Dec. 13 by Virgin Galactic, top U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials will present the crew of SpaceShipTwo with FAA Astronaut Wings.

The ceremony will include remarks from attending officials and a pinning of the Astronaut Wings on the pilots. 

The FAA will livestream the event on Facebook and YouTube.

U. S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao
Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
Test Pilot Mark “Forger” Stucky   
Test Pilot Frederick “CJ” Sturckow

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Please allow ample time for security screening.)

U.S. Department of Transportation
West Atrium
1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E.
Washington, DC 20590

Reporters are encouraged to contact Hank Price or Marcia Alexander-Adams to attend the event. Due to space limitations, we ask that only one reporter per outlet RSVP.

Hank Price or Marcia Alexander-Adams
Phone: (202) 267-3447 or (202) 267-3488
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