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We welcome you to join one of aviation’s oldest and finest organizations. The FFS was founded in 1927. This non profit organization celebrates the accomplishments of the Wright Brothers and helps educate the world about aviation! Join us in our mission and help support The Paul E Garber Shrine, Aviation Education, Scholarships and the annual December 17th Celebration in Kitty Hawk, NC.


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Sally Ride Selected as 2021 Paul E Garber Shrine Honoree.

KITTY HAWK, N.C. – April 16, 2021 – The First Flight Society announced today that [...]

Welcome to First Flight Society

Celebrating the 12 Seconds that Changed the World!

This website is the hub of  First Flight Society information. We highlight information that will interest members and casual enthusiasts alike. You will find out what the First Flight Society accomplishes, how to join the Society, and how to contact us.

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Honorary Members-Class of 2020

Honorary Members 2020:

Colonel Gail Halvorsen, Brigadier General Charles McGee, Lieutenant Colonel Dick Rutan, Sean Tucker, Patty Wagstaff


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#FlyZoloFlyZolo Team Update - Day 30Today, weather permitting, Zara is normally making her way over the #RockyMountains to #Kalispell, #Montana.Flying is not always as depicted in this picture. Mountain ranges can be challenging environments for pilots and their planes, who have to take into account potential meteorological issues, such as f.i. the possibility of strong winds creating drafts (mountain waves) or low cloud ceiling & visibility issues (rarely good news when you are surrounded with "peaky terrain") as well as potential performance issues of the plane.Because of the added weather challenges of some of the places Zara is flying to in her attempt to circumnavigate the world, such as the equatorial regions, the Bering Strait and the Rockies, the FlyZolo Team has asked the help of a professional and experienced aviation meteorologist: David Dehenauw.David is a member of the Royal Belgian Meteorological Institute who have generously offered to put their expertise to work for these more challenging regions by sponsoring Zara's endeavour. Thank you so much for helping us keep Zara safe!!! David is not only working for multiple Belgian tv and radio stations, he was also one of the meteorologists for Steve Fossett & Richard Branson's 2002 balloon adventure, was involved with the 3 around-the-world flights of the #GlobalFlyer (sponsored by Virgin Atlantic) in 2005 and 2006, as well as the 2016 #SolarImpulse endeavour. We are so grateful and honoured that the Belgian Meteorological Institute and David Dehenauw have come onboard for Zara's challenge!#RockyMountains #Rockies #mountainflying #breakingthroughtheclouds #boldandpink #flyzolo #WomenInAviation #femalepilots #GuinnessWorldRecord #Stemgirls #womenEngineersKoninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut van België L'Institut Royal Météorologique de Belgique Virgin Federal Aviation Administration Cassie Monaco Dreams Soar, Inc. Girlswhocode Shark.aero📷 credit @Jo Vlieghe ... See MoreSee Less
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Paul E Garber Shrine

In 1966, the Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association was rekindled as the newly-incorporated First Flight Society. A keystone of the Society’s work today is the close support it offers the National Park Service at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The Society established the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine, a portrait gallery that surrounds the Wright Flyer reproduction displayed in the Park’s visitor center at the Memorial. 

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