Purpose 2017-04-25T19:30:35-04:00

Flight-line-NPS-purpose1The First Flight Society, Inc. commemorates the first flight of the Wright brothers and their development of powered flight. Each year, FFS bestows special honors upon those individuals and entities that have accomplished one or more outstanding achievements in manned flight and are recognized for their contribution to aviation.

OUR MISSION:  Our primary mission is to memorialize Orville and Wilbur Wright, first in the world to successfully achieve powered flight in a heavier than air machine, on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  First Flight Society invites and promotes visits to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, so all may see the birthplace of powered flight. First Flight Society contributes to the advancement of aviation through programs, activities, education and the arts.

They Taught the World to Fly! Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of experimentation, they achieved the first successful airplane flights in 1903. With courage and perseverance, these self-taught engineers relied on teamwork and application of the scientific process. What they achieved changed our world forever.