The First on the First!  December 1st, First Friday in Downtown Raleigh, our own Night at the Museum, Darrell Collins shared
two First Flight programs.

Collins shared the Wright story and the North Carolina Aviation story and made paper airplanes with 2,200 North Carolina school in 33 counties via live stream video.  Now that is a good day at school!

The sun went down but the lights continued to shine on flight as Collins delivered First Flight to several hundred people in the museum’s evening program.  Museum guests later made and flew paper airplanes in the lobby and from the 2nd and 3rd floors while also touring the exhibits, enjoying NC craft brewing, and finding treasures for Christmas in the museum’s gift shop.

Make your own paper airplane!
Take Flight Now, your very on “in-flight” movie, enjoy Collins’ program!

Darrell Collins bio

A native of Manteo (Roanoke Island), NC, Collins is recognized as one of the world’s top 5 experts on the Wright brothers and early aviation history. A 37-year veteran with the National Park Service, Collins has represented the NPS and Wright Brothers National Memorial nationally and internationally speaking on the Wrights’ work and legacy.  He   has worked with authors, researchers, and play-writes to ensure historical accuracy of the Wrights and their work.


History is not merely a profession and passion for Collins. It is heritage.  Through  maternal lineage, Collins  is a descendant of the Freedman’s Colony which settled on Roanoke Island in 1862.  His paternal ancestry is traced to the Native Americans of Roanoke Island; he is a member of the Roanoke-Hatteras Native American Tribe.