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9 02, 2020

Our Calendar of Events for 2020

Here is the First Flight Society Calendar of Events for 2020:


April 16, 2020                  Wilbur Wright Birthday Celebration

May 2020                           First Flight/Girls Golf Golf Tournament 

August 19, 2020               National Aviation Day/Orville Wright Birthday Celebration

December 16-17, 2020   117th Anniversary of Powered Flight

More details to follow as the events get closer.

9 02, 2020

2020 Membership Drive

We are trying to add 1000 new members by the end of the year, so we are giving everyone a heads up!

Our annual Individual Memberships will be going up to $50 on March 1st, but we are encouraging Wright Brothers fans to join in February for $35, before the rates go up! Readers of our website and Social Media pages are getting the inside scoop!

Please purchase through our website or contact us at  to take advantage of our February special!

Members have always been an essential part of the First Flight Society. By joining FFS you become part of a community of people who care deeply about the legacy of the Wright Brothers, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and the future of aviation. Member by member, dollar by dollar, we are ensuring that future generations may enjoy this legacy and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

As part of your membership […]

10 09, 2019

Message from the President…

Where have 3 years gone? At this year’s annual meeting a new president of this great organization will be elected. As i look back over the last 3 years, I remember some great events put on by the Society on December 17, August 19 N.A.D. and April 16, and putting our Wright Brothers re-enactors in our local schools.

When a new situation comes up I believe in the saying, “Adapt and overcome” to solve new problems. Our commitment to financially support the NPS through the Friends Agreement will be terminated this coming December. This frees the Society from a host of restrictions on fundraising and where the funds had to go while still working with the NPS.

We entered into an alliance with Elizabeth City State University with a Memorandum of Understanding which is beneficial to both parties. The MOA allowed […]

8 09, 2019

FFS Partners with ECSU!





8 09, 2019

FFS Announces 2020 Paul E. Garber Shrine Inductee!


On December 17, 2019 the First Flight Society will honor Colonel Gail S. “Hal” Halvorsen, USAF (Ret) as the latest aviation pioneer inducted into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine as part of the 116th Anniversary Celebration of the first powered flight and the legacy of Orville and Wilbur Wright..  The First Flight Society selected Col. Halversen to honor all the flight and support crews who participated in the Berlin Airlift, and to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift, lasting 15 months in 1948 – 1949 as part of a joint operation including members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, British Royal Air Force  and U.S. Army Transport Command. 

Colonel Halvorsen, officer and command pilot, has received numerous awards for his role in “Little Vittles”.  Halvorsen has also […]

11 07, 2019

Lunar Landing’s 50th Anniversary!

Re-live the historical moment when man set foot on the moon from the exact location where the Wright Brothers achieved the first successful flight!

You can see pictures from the original 1969 event at

25 07, 2017

National Aviation Day – August 19, 2017

Be sure to join us for a very exciting day on August 19, 2017 at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park!  The First Flight Society will be celebrating National Aviation Day.  In addition we will commemorate Orville Wright’s 146th Birthday, and the 75th Anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol. There will be activities for young and old.  Local military and aviation organizations will be represented, but you don’t want to miss the highlight of the day when U.S. Coast Guard aircraft and WWII T-6 Trainers provide a ceremonial FLYOVER.  Come out and enjoy all the Wright Brothers National Memorial has to offer as we honor the Wright Brothers and the Aviation community on National Aviation Day.  Hours 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Memories from 2014 Aviation Day


2 05, 2017

William “Bill” Whiteheart — Awarded Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award!

First Flight Society, Inc. Lifetime Member, William H. Whiteheart has received THE WRIGHT BROTHERS “MASTER PILOT” AWARD.  The prestigious Master Pilot award is awarded by the FAA to only the most experienced and able pilots  who embody the Wright Brothers’ spirit of dedication.  Bill is highly regarded by both the First Flight Society and the aviation community for his contributions as a pilot and as a community leader.  Congratulations, Bill! Thanks for all you do and keep “dancing with the clouds” (G.C. Stokor)!

21 04, 2017

Wilbur and Orville Visit First Flight Elementary.

Tuesday, April 18th, actors portraying Wilbur and Orville dropped by fourth grade classes at First Flight ElementarySchool. The visit was to recognize Wilbur Wright’s 150th birthday on April 16th. A representative from the National Park Service at Wright Brothers Memorial Park joined Wilbur and Orville to explain the NPS Kids in the Park program. Open to all fourth graders nationwide, get program information at


16 04, 2017

Happy Birthday Wilbur Wright!

Today is Wilbur Wright’s 150th birthday. Wilbur was born on April 16, 1867 near Millville, Indiana. Wilbur was an inventor and his nickname was “Father of Modern Aviation”. Wilbur’s brother Orville was his playmate, co-inventor and business partner throughout his life. Wilbur and Orville lived in Dayton, Ohio most of their lives, but their most famous feat took place at Kill Devil Hill in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright Brothers had their first successful airplane flight on December 17, 1903. Their Wright Flyer was the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained manned flight.

Happy Birthday Wilbur!