Category Archive for: ‘Our History’

First Flight Foundation

First Flight Centennial Special Exhibits

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First Flight Centennial Pavilion Exhibit Hall The First Flight Centennial Pavilion Exhibit Hall, an 8,000-square-foot building, one of the three buildings that comprised the $2-million, semi-permanent, 20,000 square-foot First Flight Centennial Pavilion; houses interpretive and educational exhibits to enhance the visitor experience. The Pavilion also provides a venue to speakers and other activities to add to celebratory events. The First …

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Honoring 100 Aviation Heroes

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On December 16, 2003, one hundred aviation heroes, as selected by North Carolina’s First Flight Centennial Commission, were honored as part of the First Flight Centennial Celebration. We hope this information about the honorees encourages you to celebrate the achievements of our first century of flight, and to reflect on these and many other pioneers and innovators as well. Those …

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First Flight Centennial Celebration – Dec 12-17, 2003

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Daily Themes Friday, December 12: Igniting the Imagination This day was designed to inspire the next generation of aviators by engaging children of all ages in the power of flight. The day’s highlights included the Raleigh Boys Choir singing the National Anthem at opening ceremonies; a greeting by North Carolina’s First Lady Mary Easley; appearances by Wright Family children; an …

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Restoration

Monument Restoration and Rededication – 1998

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What is gray on the outside, pink on the inside, has a star-shaped foot and stands 61 feet high?  It is the monument dedicated to the Wright Brothers in a ceremony attended by Orville Wright on November 19, 1932, making it the largest monument ever dedicated to a living person, Wilbur Wright having passed away in 1912. The pylon stands …

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Monument Restoration – 2008

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Mr. Harry B. Combs

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Harry Combs’ Gift Brings the Flyer Home Harry Combs’ Gift Brings the Flyer Home Thanks to the generosity of Harry B. Combs, a full-scale, authentic reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer will become a permanent exhibit at Wright Brothers National Memorial. Combs, noted pilot, author and former president of Gates Learjet Corporation, donated the accurate Flyer reproduction as a gift …

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