Announcements & Videos

2016 National Aviation Day at WBNM

August 19th is National Aviation Day.  This day, is also Orville Wright's birthday! Celebrate National Aviation Day at Wright Brothers National Memorial.  Free admission at WBNM. 2016 is the centennial for the National Park Service and US Coast Guard Aviation. All-Day...

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AOPA Fly-Ins 2016

Always a great time!  Fly. Volunteer.  Meet/Greet/Mingle.  And Don't Forget the Pancakes! May 21st   Michael J Smith Field (KMRH)    Beaufort, NC Aug. 20th Bremerton National Airport (KPWT)  Bremerton, WA Sept. 17th WK Kellogg Airport (KBTL) Battle Creek, MI Oct....

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January Aviation Milestone

Igor Sikorsky's Sikorsky R-4 took its first flight January 13, 1942.  This American two-place helicopter had a single, three blade main rotor powered by a radial engine.  Originally, this was the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300. Once modified, it became the world's first mass...

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December Aviation History

December marks numerous aviation milestones. December 1892-The Wright brothers open their first bicycle shop. December 8, 1903-Samuel P. Langley's Aerodrome, piloted by Charles Manley, crashes into the Potomac River. December 17, 1903-The Wright Flyer takes off at...

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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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