Thursday, July 14, 2011


Presentation ceremonies at the Museum on Friday, July 15 at 2:45 p.m.

What:  Vice Admiral David Architzel of the United States Navy will present a framed certificate recognizing the contributions of Glenn Curtiss to the birth of Naval Aviation during a reception at the Glenn Curtiss Museum. Guests scheduled to attend include New York State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and members of the Curtiss Museum board.

When:  Friday, July 15th

2:00 p.m. - Vice Admiral Architzel arrives and tours the Musem

2:45 p.m. - Presentation of the Certificate of Recognition

3:00 p.m. - Reception, refreshments and photo opportunities

Where: Glenn Curtiss Museum, 8419 State Rte. 54, Hammondsport

Why:  The U.S. Navy is observing the Centennial of Naval Aviation throughout 2011. The Navy's first aircraft, an A-1 Triad seaplane, was designed and built by Glenn Curtiss in Hammondsport and turned over to the Navy 100 years ago in July, 1911.
About Vice Admiral Architzel
Vice Admiral Architzel currently serves as commander, Naval Air Systems Command, headquartered in Patuxent River, Md. He assumed his duties in May 2010, after serving as the principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition).

Previous flag assignments included program executive officer for Aircraft Carriers; commander of Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Norfolk; commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; commander, Naval Safety Center, Norfolk; commander, Iceland Defense Force; and commander, Fleet Air Keflavik.

At sea, Architzel served as the executive officer, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and Pre-Commissioning Unit John C. Stennis (CVN 74). He served as the commanding officer, USS Guam (LPH 9); flagship for commander Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 2; and the sixth commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

A career naval aviator, Architzel has accumulated more than 5,000 flight hours, 4,300 of those hours in the S-3, and the remainder in some 30 other aircraft types in his role as a test pilot at NAS Patuxent River. He served in Sea Control Squadron (VS) 30, deploying aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59), and as maintenance officer in VS-28, deploying aboard USS Independence (CV 62). He later returned to VS-30 as the executive officer and subsequently as commanding officer.

Architzel was born in Ogdensburg, N.Y., and raised in Merrick, Long Island. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1973 and also holds a Master of Science degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida.

About the museum

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, which is located in the scenic Finger Lakes Region of New York State, celebrates the life and accomplishments of Glenn Curtiss, who is remembered as the father of naval aviation and the founder of the American aircraft industry. The museum is home to a priceless collection relating to early aviation, bicycle and motorcycle transportation and local history.

For more information, visit the museum website.

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