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Charles McGee Selected as 2024 Paul E Garber Shrine Honoree.

Charles McGee Selected as 2024 Paul E Garber Shrine Honoree. By: First Flight Society, Inc  KITTY HAWK, N.C. – April 16, 2024 – The First [...]

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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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Our 2024 Events

Wilbur Wright Day April 16th

National Aviation Day August 19th

Wright Brothers Day December 17th

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Celebrate Wilbur Wright’s Birthday on Saturday, April 13th!

Celebrate Wilbur Wright's Birthday on Saturday, April 13th! Buy Luncheon Tickets Wilbur Wright Day 2024 [...]

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.

Return to the Outer Banks every December 17th to celebrate with us!

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First Flight Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designated by the IRS. Gifts to the First Flight Society are tax deductible to the extent authorized by law. Please consider making a gift to the FFS this year.


Become a Sponsor of our December 17th Celebration!

Become A Sponsor

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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Check out our sister site WrightBrothersDay.org for more information about the annual December 17th Celebration.

We would like to Thank and Highlight our 2023-24 Sponsors:



D’Shannon Aviation

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

Honda Jet

Kitty Hawk Kites

Kitty Hawk Kites

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

The Sporty’s Foundation

The Sporty's Foundation

Sun Realty

Towne Bank

Towne Bank

The Wright Brothers

Here is more information if you would like to become a Sponsor, too