“Many advances in the way we live and the comforts we enjoy are the direct result of this little Flyer and the scientific research it spawned.” Harry B. Combs, 12/16/03
FIRST in FLIGHT brands North Carolina’s place in history.

“Success four flights.” The telegraph from the Wright brothers to their father, Milton Wright, was the official announcement that heavier than air, controlled, manned, powered flight had been achieved. December 17, 1903.

And as planned, the Wrights returned home to Dayton, OH, by Christmas.

The Wrights first arrived on the Outer Banks in 1900. Orville Wright last visited the Outer Banks in 1945. But December 17, 1903, is the date most recognized in American and aviation history. And the photograph of the First Flight taken by John Daniels, a member of the Kill Devil Hills Life Saving Station, is perhaps the most famous/recognized photographs in the world.

The world celebrated the First Flight Centennial in 2003. Without question it was “The Event of the Century”.

In 2011 the world celebrated another centennial, Soaring 100, the 1911 World Record Glider Flight of Orville Wright that introduced Modern Soaring.

The legacy of the Wright Brothers extends beyond meticulous detail, calculations, and a desire to fly. Their work and success embodies hard work and perserverence. The First Flight Foundation joins with aviation partners to tell the complete Wright story and, specifically, the North Carolina Wright story.


Wright 1908 Commission, Honor & Gift

First Flight Foundation Commissions Wright 1908 Airplane for NC Museum of HistoryGift Honors North Carolina’s First Director of AviationNorth Carolina not only has the distinction for the world’s first powered flight, but also stakes claim to America’s first passenger...

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2020 117th Commemoration of the First Flight-Virtual

2020 117th Commemoration of the First Flight-Virtual

Wright Brothers National Memorial hosts virtual-only celebration event on first flight anniversary12-17-28, 25th Anniversary, Orville Wright marks Take-offOn Thursday, December 17, 2020, Wright Brothers National Memorial, in partnership with First Flight...

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Wrights World Debut

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...

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