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First Flight Society Announces 2021 Class of Honorary Members

Mark BakerTom CrouchRob Holland – November 18, 2021 - The First Flight Society announces 3 new Honorary Members: AOPA President Mark Baker, Historian Tom Crouch [...]

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Save the Date for Wright Brothers Day 2021

Every December 17th, The First Flight Society celebrates the Anniversary of powered flight at the [...]

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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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#sallyrideBefore becoming the first American woman in space, Sally Ride was the first female CAPCOM (capsule communicator), the voice talking to astronauts in space. She guided astronauts on shuttle Columbia during STS-2 from Nov. 12-14 , 1981, and again during STS-3 in 1982. NASA soon chose her as the first woman assigned to a shuttle crew.⁠ go.ucsd.edu/3DSK9dW NASA photo⁠ ... See MoreSee Less
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#sallyrideAmerica's first woman in space loved the part of her astronaut training that required riding in sleek T-38 jets, sometimes upside down, at 500 mph. Sally Ride enjoyed the training so much that she took flying lessons and earned her pilot’s license.⁠ As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sally Ride Science, we're sharing "20 Things You Might Not Know About Sally Ride": go.ucsd.edu/3pYspGG NASA photo ... 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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