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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 Sally K Ride, has been named the 2021 Honoree to be [...]

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

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Celebrating National Astronaut Day.Celebrating National Astronaut Day (May 5)! Sixty years ago today, astronaut Alan B. Shepard became the first American in space, when he flew his Freedom 7 Mercury spacecraft on a suborbital trajectory from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to a splashdown in the Atlantic. His entire flight took just 15 minutes, but it was the beginning of NASA's human spaceflight program, which continues to this day. ... 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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