Our Sponsors

First Flight Centennial Celebration

December 12-17, 2003

By investing in capital improvements and educational programming at Wright Brothers National Memorial, the site of the first flight, our contributors recognized the importance of inspiring the next generation of innovators. With their support of the Celebration, these friends are commemorating two brothers who changed the world.

Thanks to our U.S. Mint Commemorative Coin program, contributions to Foundation projects were matched – dollar for dollar. We salute these Official First Flight Centennial sponsors and donors for their wise and effective investment to create the legacy of an improved Wright Brothers National Memorial.

Mr. Harry B. Combs

Noted Pilot, Author and Former President, Gates Learjet Corporation

As a gift to the American people, a full-scale, Mr. Combs donated an authentic reproduction of the Wright Flyer for permanent display at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

AOPA - Celebrating the Past
In honor of their members, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has generously funded the New Pilot Facility at the park’s First Flight Airstrip.
Tom Davis Fund
To honor his vision and leadership, the First Flight Centennial Pavilion is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Tom Davis.
First Flight Foundation

First Flight Centennial Foundation

Board Members and Volunteers

We are grateful to our Board Members and Campaign Volunteers for their generous gifts of time, expertise and financial support.

Cirrus Design
Thanks to Cirrus Aircraft for their generous support and gift of a Technology of Flight Exhibit and a Centennial Edition SR22 to the First Flight Celebrations and Wright Brothers National Memorial.
Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman is a Pavilion Production Sponsor who has a strong history of support for First Flight activities.
American Airlines
Bank of America

The Cannon Foundation

Curtiss Wright
Duke Power

A. J. Fletcher Foundation

Fed Ex Express

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

GE - imagination at work

The Howard Family

Sprint - Official Telecommunications Provider

The Wright Family Fund

The Belk Foundation
Blackwater Security Consultants
Cemala Foundation
Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation
Josephus Daniels Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation
First Flight Society
Mr. & Mrs. John Gussenhoven
Mr. & Mrs. Michael W. Haley
Jefferson Pilot Financial
Mrs. Bonnie McElveen Hunter
The Kealy Family Foundation
Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, PA
NC Automobile Dealers Association
The Outer Banks Hospital
Progress Energy
United Financial of Illinois, Inc.
Vandeventer Black LLP
Air Line Pilots Association
Altria Group, Inc.
Atlantic Aero, Inc.
Belfort Instrument Co.
Coastal Beverage Company Inc.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Convergent Broadcasting LLC
County of Dare
Dare County Tourism Board
East Carolina University
Shelia and Hayden Davis
The Dowd Foundation
The East Carolina Bank
Flight Options LLC
General Aviation Manufacturers Assoc.
Goodrich Corporation
Gregory Poole Equip. Co.
The Henriksen Family
Kelly’s & Port‘o Call
Kitty Hawk Kites
Mr. Brad Koury
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Mr. Robert Long
James Kelly & Eleanor Lundy
Mr. & Mrs. Bill McGee
National Air Transport Assoc.
NC Airports Association
NC Commercial Flower Growers
North American Jet LLC
Mr. Ed O’Gara
The Outer Banks Sentinel
Pan-Icarian Brotherhood
RBC Centura
Roy Park Foundation
Mr. Dave Phillips
Mr. & Mrs. Earl Slick
Southern Bank and Trust
Marilyn Elizabeth Thompson
The Thompson Family
Twiddy & Company Realtors
The Walker Family (St. Louis)
Warren Brinson Weeks Family
Mr. Jeff Whitehead