Announcements & Videos

  • Air Safety-Bird/Wildlife Strikes

    Bird Strikes The economic loss from wildlife strike over a 23-year period, 1990-2012, totaled $696 million in the US for civil aviation.  This estimate is not adjusted for inflation, reported strikes without costs reported, and non-reported strikes. FAQ’s When was the first bird strike reported? …

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    Wright Exhibit Debuts Dec. 17th at NC Museum of History

    The North Carolina Museum of History will debut a new exhibit in its permanent North Carolina exhibit Dec. 17, 2016. The exhibit will be located under the museum’s 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction.  The backdrop sets the theme of life in Kitty Hawk when the Wrights …

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  • NPS names McCullough Honor

    The National Park Service has awarded its highest civilian honor, Honorary Park Ranger, to David McCullough.  The award is bestowed for exceptional contributions. McCullough is a two time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner.  McCullough’s most recent book, The Wright Brothers, continues as a …

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  • David McCullough will receive the National Aviation Hall of Fame Combs-Gates Award for the award winning book, The Wright Brothers. We are thrilled that the legacy of Wilbur and Orville Wright continues to soar and inspire.

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    Photo Celebration National Aviation Day WBNM 2016

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  • 2016 National Aviation Day at WBNM

    August 19th is National Aviation Day.  This day, is also Orville Wright’s birthday! Celebrate National Aviation Day at Wright Brothers National Memorial.  Free admission at WBNM. 2016 is the centennial for the National Park Service and US Coast Guard Aviation. All-Day Activities: Junior Ranger Program: Kids can …

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  • 2016 06 29 18.43.21

    AOPA 2016 Beaufort, NC Fly-In

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  • Lost Wright Patent Documents Found

    We are “sky high” to report the missing/lost patent documents of the Wright Flying Machine have been found and will return to public display. Patent Found https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/lost-plans-for-wright-brothers-flying-machine-found-after-36-years/2016/04/02/e526fd56-f6b2-11e5-9804-537defcc3cf6_story.html

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  • AOPA Fly-Ins 2016

    Always a great time!  Fly. Volunteer.  Meet/Greet/Mingle.  And Don’t Forget the Pancakes! May 21st   Michael J Smith Field (KMRH)    Beaufort, NC Aug. 20th Bremerton National Airport (KPWT)  Bremerton, WA Sept. 17th WK Kellogg Airport (KBTL) Battle Creek, MI Oct. 1st      Ernest A. Love Field (KPRC) …

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  • January Aviation Milestone

    Igor Sikorsky’s Sikorsky R-4 took its first flight January 13, 1942.  This American two-place helicopter had a single, three blade main rotor powered by a radial engine.  Originally, this was the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300. Once modified, it became the world’s first mass produced helicopter. An exhibit including Sikorsky …

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  • December Aviation History

    December marks numerous aviation milestones. December 1892-The Wright brothers open their first bicycle shop. December 8, 1903-Samuel P. Langley’s Aerodrome, piloted by Charles Manley, crashes into the Potomac River. December 17, 1903-The Wright Flyer takes off at 10:35 am for the world’s first powered, manned, …

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  • September Aviation Notes

    September 25, 1903  The Wright brothers arrive in kitty Hawk, NC, to prepare for their historic flight. September 15, 1904   Orville Wright makes the first turn with an airplane.  Wilbur makes the first circle five days later. September 23, 1911    The first air mail in …

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  • August Aviation History Notes

    August 8, 1908-Wilbur Wright makes his first test flight in Europe at Champs d’Auvours, France. August 29, 1909-Glenn Curtiss winds speed tests in Rheims, France. August 1, 1911-Harriet Quimby is the first American woman to receive a U.S. Federation Aeronautique pilot’s license. Augusts 26, 1914-Igor …

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  • July Aviation Notables!

    July 2, 1900-First Flight of the Zeppelin rigid airship. July 4, 1908-Glenn Curtiss flies the June Bug more than a mile. July 25, 1909-Louis Bleriot crosses the English Channel in his Bleriot. July 14-15,1919-The Vickers Vimy flies non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. July 15-22, 1933-Wiley …

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  • June Aviation Historical Notes

    June 13, 1910  Charles K. Hamilton flies the Curtiss Reims Racer from New York to Philadelphia. June 15, 1921   Bessie Coleman is the first African-American woman to receive a Federation Aeronautic Internationale pilot license. June 17, 1928   Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly …

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  • 2015 USAF Academy Graduation

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  • CBS Sunday Morning (video), The Wright Brothers

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  • Five Wright Facts to Know (video) by David McCullough

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    David McCullough OBX Book Signing

    Two time Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough will read from his new book (released May 2015) The Wright Brothers. McCullough will also sign books, and books will be available for sale. Sunday May 24, 3:00 p.m. First Flight High School, Veterans Drive Kill Devil Hills …

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  • Wright Brothers Mini-Series

    We are pleased that American film icon and friend of American History, Tom Hanks is working with HBO to produce a mini-series based on The Wright Brothers, the latest classic in the making by two time Pulitzer winner, David McCullough.    

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  • April Aviation Highlights

    April 6, 1912   Harriet Quimby is the first woman to fly across the English Channel. April 39, 1917 Pacific Aero Products changes its name to Boeing Aircraft Co.  President-William E. Boeing April 20, 1930 Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh set a transcontinental speed record from …

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    Foundation Continues Monument Care

    Foundation President, Will Plentl joins NPS Deputy Superintendent Mark Dowdle announcing a $12,500 donation of maintenance services for continued care and cleaning of the Pylon of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, affectionately referred to as “The Monument”.

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    Centennial Exhibits Find New Home

    We are pleased that exhibits from the 2003 Centennial, The Event of the Century, and Soaring 100 are now on permanent loan and exhibit at The NC Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC.  The exhibits were on exhibit for 10 years in the First Flight Centennial …

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  • Inside the Monument

    Special Appreciation to the North Beach Sun for taking us “Inside” . North Beach Sun Monument Cover Story

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    Our State

    The Wrights of North Carolina!  Yes, we claim the brothers as our own North Carolinians.  Only one facet of the “friendlier” rivalry with the state of Ohio.  The feature article of this issue of Our State magazine recounts how the Wrights’ time in North Carolina, …

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  • The Sculpture

    The sculpture was a gift to the centennial and Wright legacy by the state of North Carolina. Sculptor, Stephen H. Smith Wright Brothers First Flight Centennial Memorial Commissioned by the State of North Carolina to celebrate the centennial Anniversary of flight December 17, 1903-2003. The …

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    1911 Glider Glider Soars at NCMOH

    Press Release Wright glider 1911

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    1928 25th Anniversary of the First Flight

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  • NC-OH Joint Advocacy

    OH-NC Joint Press Conference

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    Soaring 100 International Symposium

    Aviation novices, enthusiasts, and professionals enjoyed a diverse program of aviation history developed by Dr. Tom Crouch, Ph.D., Senior Curator, Aeronautics, of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum. Dr. Crouch ,”The Birth of Gliding, Cayley to Lilienthal.” Dr. Bernd Lukasch, Director, Otto-Lilienthal-Museum: “Otto Lilienthal …

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  • WWII Glider Pilot - Still Soaring

    WWII Glider Pilot Still Soaring

    Lt. Col. (RET) Al Hulstruck of the US Army WWII Glider Pilots, Silent Wings, joins Soaring 100 with an exhibit that he personally funded, built, and shares with aviation enthusiasts, historians, and the public. Hultruck has the distinction of serving as a US Army Glider Pilot …

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    Fan Club News!

    Paul and Beth Ann Schneider will attend Soaring 100 festivities October 21-24.  They are coming from their home field of Heber City Airport (36U) in Utah.  They have already booked accommodations for the week and signed up as Soaring 100 Volunteers.

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  • Suzanne Tate

    Suzanne Tate Continues Wright Family Ties in Soaring 100

    Outer Banks children’s book author and recipient of the 2011 Land of Beginnings Living Legend Award, Suzanne Tate, will be reading her two Wright inspired books as part of Soaring 100, October 21 – 24, 2011. Soaring 100 is the centennial celebration of Orville Wright’s 1911 …

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