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Richard Howard Greensboro Nc Obituary

Richard “Dick” Howard Passing

There are no words to express our sorrow for the passing of Dick Howard.  He championed the Foundation’s creation, the 2003 First Flight Centennial-Event of the Century, and the continuing work of the Foundation.  As you read this memorial, you will see that he has left an enduring legacy in the lives of so many-without boundaries.

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Amanda Wright Lane, Foundation Board Member, receives Honorary Doctorate

Amanda Wright Lane, First Flight Foundation Board Member, Wright Family representative, follows in her ancestors footsteps in receiving a degree from Wright State University.  On May 4th, Wright Lane will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters. The university’s graduation ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Wright State Nutter Center. The spring class of 2019 includes …

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Will Plentl, Soaring with the Angels

It is with great sorrow that the First Flight Foundation shares the obituary for board president, Will Plentl. On Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the early age of 73, Will decided it was time to go flying with the eagles. He was born to the late Lt. Colonel Willard G. Plentl, Sr. and Gloria Belle Plentl in Houston, Texas. His …

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WBNM Visitor Center 2018 to the Future

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NPS WBNM Visitor Center Release

After two years WBNM welcome the public to the rehabilitated visitor center with a complete make-over in exhibits. This release provided detailed updates for the day’s events, admission is free this day, October 20, 2018. 18-046 Wright Brothers Visitor Center Grand Reopening Event 10-04-18

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WBNM Home Stretch Exhibit Installation

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The 1903 Wright Flyer Returns to WBNM

Wright Brothers National Memorial, WBNM, welcomes its 1903 Wright Flyer “home” as the visitor center exhibit installation and building rehabilitation enters the home stretch toward the Grand Re-opening October 20, 2018. The visitor center re-opens October 20th 9:00 am-5:00 pm (WBNM park operating hours) after a two year, $5.5 million, rehabilitation that included electrical, HVAC, and plumbing work adhering to …

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WBNM Visitor Center Re-opens Oct. 20th

Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001, will welcome visitors October 20, 2018, as it re-opens after a two year rehabilitation and a delay from the original September re-opening date due to closing and safeguards resulting from Hurricane Florence. A  highlight of the original program for September 29th continued as scheduled, a free public concert and …

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Wright Machines Interchanged at NC Museum of History

There was quite a sight today (June 18, 2018) in Raleigh, NC, at the NC Museum of History as the 1903 Wright Flyer moved out and the 1902 Wright Glider moved into the museum. The museum graciously hosted and displayed the 1903 Wright Flyer from the Wright Brothers National Memorial (under renovations)/National Park Service (NPS).  This Flyer reproduction was commissioned …

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Renovations Continue at WBNM Visitor Center/Re-opening Fall 2018

Renovations continue at Wright Brothers National Memorial.  The visitor center/museum will re-open fall 2018. In addition to the facility rehabilitation, the exhibits will be anew-new exhibits and interpretive materials including tactile, interactive, and technological design and construction.  Learn more about the Wright family and the years of work toward the First Flight. The visitor center was added to the memorial …

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