“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.


December 17th, 118 Commemoration of The First Flight

Wright Brothers Day Program Friday, December 17, 2021 8:30 a.m. Park Gates Open to Visitors PRELUDE BAND CONCERT First Flight High School Band, Bob Lamberg, Director 9:00 a.m. ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM WELCOME & GUEST RECOGNITION Michael Fonseca, President, First Flight...

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Dec. 14th, Test, Powered Glide not a Flight

Dec. 14th, Test, Powered Glide not a Flight

Trial and Preparation.  Orville returned from Dayton with the repaired propeller shafts on Dec. 11th.  It only took a day to finish the assembly of the Flyer.  There were no winds but they used their time wisely running the Flyer up and down the track checking speed...

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