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24 03, 2017

Support FFS with your regular Amazon purchases.

The First Flight Society is now a partner with Amazon through their Smile program. The difference between Amazon and Amazon Smile is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com”). The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. On your first visit to AmazonSmile you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time. 

To reach the First Flight Society page use this link:

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20 03, 2017

Come Celebrate Wilbur Wright’s Birthday With Us!

Please join The First Flight Society the weekend of April 15-16, 2017 at the Wright Brothers National Memorial to celebrate Wilbur Wright’s birthday. Wilbur was born April 16th, 1867 near Millville, Indiana, to Milton and Susan Wright. Pencil this weekend on your calendar and we will provide more details as we get closer to the event.

3 08, 2016

Fast Forward – December 16-17, 2016 – the 113th Anniversary of Powered Flight

 December 16-17, 2016 – the 113th Anniversary of Powered Flight

The First Flight Society will host the 113th Celebration of Powered Flight at Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17, 2016.  The theme this year will recognize and honor the 100th Anniversary of  the United States Coast Guard Aviation.  Two great pioneers in aviation history and proud Coast Guardsmen, Captain Frank Erickson and Commander Stewart Graham, will be inducted into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine.  ADM Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, United States Coast Guard, will be the keynote speaker for the Commemorative Ceremonies.  We will have bands, flags, our Coast Guard heroes and much more– Mark your calendars!  Don’t miss this opportunity to pay tribute to a branch of our military that have been an integral part of our local history!

First Flight Society Members are invited to “THE  NIGHT BEFORE” reception and banquet will be held on  December 16th […]

27 07, 2016

National Aviation Day – August 19, 2016

Be sure to join us for a very exciting day on August 19, 2016 at the Wright Brothers National Park – We will be celebrating National Aviation Day, Orville Wright’s 145th Birthday, and the Centennial year of the National Park Service.  Admission to the park will be free.  Activities include static display of military and civilian aircraft, educational exhibits by NASA, NOAA, NC DOT Aviation, Outer Banks Visitors Center, youth interactive activities, special presentations in the Visitors Center Flight Room about the Wright Brothers, the United States Coast Guard, and the National Park Service’s 100 years of service to our nation and their aviation story.  Also, you will enjoy a FLYOVER of military and civilian aircraft. And, special surprise guests will be on hand to visit with you!  Don’t miss it.  Hours 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

13 06, 2016

Aviatrix Mary Feik – Dies at home in Maryland

It is with a sad heart that we report to you that our most beloved Aviatrix Mary Feik, 92, passed away late last night.   Mary was at her home in Annapolis, Maryland with her daughter Robin Vest at her side as she passed.  Mary Feik was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

 

Mary Feik was known throughout the United States and around the world for her many extraordinary and extensive achievements and contributions to the field of aeronautics as an engineer, pilot, mechanic, educator and leader.  She held many distinguished positions, awards and honors including the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.  Mary Feik was the 2014 inductee into the First Flight Society’s Paul Garber Shrine at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC.

12 10, 2015

Jerrie Mock

Jerrie Mock

Jerrie Mock, the first woman to complete a solo flight around the world, will be the 2015 inductee in the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine. The induction is part of ceremonies to be held on December 17th at Wright Brothers National Memorial. In 1964, at age 38, and the mother of three, Ms. Mock flew a single engine Cessna 180 christened the “Spirit of Columbus”, nicknamed “Charlie”, a total of 23,000 miles in 29 days, to become another “first” in the world of aviation.

Geraldine “Jerrie” Fredritz Mock was born on November 22, 1925 in Newark, Ohio. Her interest in flying started at the early age of seven when she had her first airplane ride, and declared she was going to be a pilot.  She was eleven when Amelia Earhart launched her around the world flight, and every day after school, Mock tuned in the radio for reports on […]

18 12, 2014

Mary S. Feik

Mary S. Feik

December 17, 2014 – A beautiful day at Wright Brothers National Memorial as Mary S. Feik was honored and her portrait was added to the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

Mary is the first woman aviation engineer.  But Mary did not stop there.  During WWII, Mary became an expert on many military aircraft and is credited with becoming the first woman engineer in research and development in the Air Technical Service Command’s Engineering Division atWright Field in Dayton, Ohio.  She flew more than 6,000 hours as pilot in fighter, attack, bomber, cargo and training aircraft.  She qualified as a B-29 Flight Engineer and was an engineering analyst in test aircraft for flight and maintenance requirements.

She participated in engineering “mock-up” evaluations for new aircraft prop set for production at the various aircraft manufacturing plants to determine flight and maintenance training requirements.  Mary has authored pilot training and maintenance manuals for many of the […]

29 10, 2014

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First Flight Society’s programs, events and administrative expenses are made possible through your sponsorships.  Because of your sponsorship, First Flight Society has top rated programs and events, a new website and magazine, and we are able to add additional educational events.  The First Flight Society tells the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright locally, nationally and worldwide and promotes aviation in all its forms.

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6 08, 2014

William Edward Boeing

Inducted 2013

Founder of the Boeing Airplane Company

1881-1956

Years after attending his first air show in 1910, he became fascinated with aviation. After his first airplane ride, he purchased a Martin hydroplane, took flying lessons, became a pilot, and became obsessed with the notion that he could build a better plane than those currently in the air.

Boeing enlisted his engineering friend, George Conrad Westervelt, to design and build the B&W, a twin-float seaplane. He was so encouraged that he decided to begin his own plane-building business, Pacific Aero Products Company, a small airplane manufacturing company that became the Boeing Airplane Company a year later in 1916.

In 1917, just before America’s entry into World War I, Boeing knew the Navy needed planes. He delivered a Model C seaplane to Navy officials in Florida to test, and his business was firmly secured when the Navy sent his company an order for 50 of the […]

6 08, 2014

Charles Frank Bolden, Jr.

Inducted in 2012

Four-time astronaut and current Administrator, NASA

1946 –

Born in Columbia, SC, retired Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps and current Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and completed flight training as a Naval Aviator in 1970. He flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1972-1973. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1980.

His 34-year career in the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. He traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994. During his first mission on board the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1986, he participated in deployment of the SATCOM KU satellite and conducted experiments in […]