Announcements & Videos

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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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David McCullough OBX Book Signing

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...

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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...

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Foundation Continues Monument Care

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

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 Pavilions...

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Our State

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...

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The Monument, 85th Anniversary, November 19, 2017

The Monument, 85th Anniversary, November 19, 2017

In Commemoration Of The Conquest Of The Air By The Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright Conceived By Genius And Achieved Dauntless Resolution And Unconquerable Faith.  The inscription around the base of the pylon atop Big Kill Devil Hill. November 19, 1932, Orville...

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