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The Wrights At LeMans

Wrights World Debut

This day, August 8, 1908, as today in 2020, was a Saturday.  On this day, August 8, 1908, Wilbur Wright flew at the Les Hunaudieres Race Course in Le Mans, France, his first of nine flights over the next few days. And as we say in 2020, the crowd went wild. Wilbur dispelled the disbelief. He shared in a letter …

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WBNM 2020 America’s Summer Virtual Road Trip

Wright Brothers National Memorial is one of 12 sites you can tour virtually August 1, 2020. 12 Hours of incredible American history and scenery. https://www.americassummerroadtrip.org/#sites

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National Parks amidst COVID 19

A word from our Outer Banks National Parks. The Foundation appreciates this measure to address federal and state guidelines and provide access to outdoor areas of our national parks.   From: Barber, Michael C <Michael_Barber@nps.gov> on behalf of CAHA Public Affairs, NPS <CAHA_Public_Affairs@nps.gov> Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:25 PM Subject: NEWS RELEASE – Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh …

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Innovators of Aviation Showcase

Innovators of Aviation Showcase On December 14th and 15th see history come to life at the Innovators of Aviation Showcase. Watch replicas of the Lilienthal Biplane and 1902 Wright Gliders soar side-by-side over the sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, NC. Otto Lilienthal began his first test flights in 1891 on an artificial hill that he …

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116th Wright Brothers-First Flight Dec. 17th Commemoration

The 116th commemoration of the First Flight officially begins 9:30 am December 17, 2019, at Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, NC.  The memorial’s entrance fees are waived.  Ceremonies are outside on the visitor center plaza; appropriate clothing for weather conditions are advised.  The memorial is open regular hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year’s inductee into the …

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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. https://dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/greensboro-nc/richard-howard-8871958?fbclid=IwAR3aBdT-2orvRe2n0YDd6uyX1mrjVIOfu9nGw-PFGPgzKMdXDuhnMWYIgZI

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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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