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.
The First Flight Society announced the 5th annual National Aviation Day at Dare County Regional [...]
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!
#wrightbrothersBehold – our photo of the week! A curious image emerges: Ernest Zens, a French balloonist, whose mustache and build may trick your eyes into thinking you see both Wright brothers on the plane at once! Is this a delightful twist of fate or a cosmic deception? On September 16, 1908, the masterful Wilbur Wright took a breathtaking trip with the esteemed balloonist Zens. This flight established a record for a flight with a passenger. Wilbur would go on to take over 40 passengers on flights while in France, including business leaders, aviators, and even monarchs; he became the toast of the continent of Europe overnight. Having promised their father, Milton, that they would never fly together, the brothers waited until they received dad’s blessing. They took their first – and only - flight together back home in Dayton, Ohio on May 25, 1910. Let us still marvel at the treasured moment frozen in time which reminds us of the courage necessary to be a pioneer. #WrightBrothersNationalMemorial #PhotoOfTheWeek #OrvillesDoppelganger Photo Credit: Wright State University. Wilbur Wright at the controls of the Wright Flyer with balloonist Ernest Zens smiling to his right. Alt text: Two men seated in a biplane. ... See MoreSee Less
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.
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.
Check out our sister site WrightBrothersDay.org for more information about the annual December 17th Celebration.
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