Announcements & Videos

National Aviation Day 2022 with Bob Balaram, NASA JPL

National Aviation Day 2022 with Bob Balaram, NASA JPL

We look forward to special guest, Bob Balaram, NASA JPL, Chief Engineer for Ingenuity, the Mars Helicopter, for special programs at Wright Brothers National Memorial, August 19th, National Aviation Day, which is also Orville Wright's birthday. NPS has designated Aug....

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Wright 1908 Commission-Update and Exceptional “Find”

Wright 1908 Commission-Update and Exceptional “Find”

    Construction update by Rick Young, Wright Brothers Historian, Wright Authority, Wright Aircraft Reproductions. The Wright 1908  machine presents its own unique difficulty as there is only a single image of the flyer and it was taken at a considerable distance. ...

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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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118th Commemoration of the First Flight, December 17, 2021

118th Commemoration of the First Flight, December 17, 2021

The 118th commemoration of the event that changed the world, the first powered, controlled, sustained, manned flight by the Wright Brothers on December 17, 1903, on the sands of Kitty Hawk, NC returns to live programming in 2021 but will also include online components...

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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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National Parks amidst COVID 19

National Parks amidst COVID 19

A word from our Outer Banks National Parks. The Foundation appreciates this measure to address federal and state guidelines and provide access to outdoor areas of our national parks. From: Barber, Michael C (Michael_Barber@nps.gov) on behalf of CAHA Public Affairs,...

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Innovators of Aviation Showcase

Innovators of Aviation Showcase

Innovators of Aviation Showcase On December 14th and 15th see history come to life at the Innovators of Aviation Showcase. Watch replicas of the Lilienthal Biplane and 1902 Wright Gliders soar side-by-side over the sand dunes of Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head,...

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116th Wright Brothers-First Flight Dec. 17th Commemoration

116th Wright Brothers-First Flight Dec. 17th Commemoration

The 116th commemoration of the First Flight officially begins 9:30 am December 17, 2019, at Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, NC.  The memorial's entrance fees are waived.  Ceremonies are outside on the visitor center plaza; appropriate clothing for...

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Richard “Dick” Howard Passing

Richard “Dick” Howard Passing

There are no words to express our sorrow for the passing of Dick Howard.  He championed the Foundation's creation, the 2003 First Flight Centennial-Event of the Century, and the continuing work of the Foundation.  As you read this memorial, you will see that he has...

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Will Plentl, Soaring with the Angels

Will Plentl, Soaring with the Angels

It is with great sorrow that the First Flight Foundation shares the obituary for board president, Will Plentl. On Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the early age of 73, Will decided it was time to go flying with the eagles. He was born to the late Lt. Colonel Willard G....

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