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3 03, 2022

Benjamin O. Davis Jr Selected as 2022 Paul E Garber Shrine Honoree.


The First Flight Society announced today that Benjamin O. Davis Jr., has been named the 2022 Honoree to be inducted into the Dr. Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine located in the Museum and Visitors Center at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA.


This honor is selected annually by a high-level panel appointed by the First Flight Society, from among numerous nominations submitted from around the world as well as compiled lists of qualified candidates. The induction ceremony will be held on Wright Brothers Day, December 17, 2022, with a celebration banquet held on December 16, 2022 in Kitty Hawk. A portrait of Benjamin O. Davis Jr. will be unveiled and presented at the ceremony on December 17th, 2022, celebrating the 119th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers […]

13 01, 2022

Introducing the 2022 First Flight Society Board of Directors

KITTY HAWK, N.C.January 13, 2022 — The First Flight Society would like to announce its Board of Directors for 2022. Most of the directors are from North Carolina.

The newly elected Executive Committee consists of:

President-Mike Fonseca
1st Vice President-Dr Charles Davidson
2nd Vice President-William “Bill” Douglas
Treasurer-H Taylor Sugg
Secretary-Paul Carr

The rest of the 2022 board consists of :

Peter Bruemmer, Tony Bruno, Sara Lou Copeland, Danny Couch, M. Roy Daniels, III, David Daniels, Judith Fearing, Orestes Gooden, Barbara Gourley, Todd Huvard, Paul Wright Jameson, Penny Leary Smith, William Nelson, Doug Seay, Mike Smith, and Peregrine White.

Mike Smith is a former president of the 94 year old Society that started out as the Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association.

The FFS plans an annual celebration at the Wright Brothers National Memorial on […]

10 01, 2022

Welcome our Latest Lifetime members!

First Flight Society wants to welcome our newest Lifetime Members from 2021 and so far in 2022.

Breynn Hope Bailey, Manteo, NC

James Jordan Hennessy, Kitty Hawk, NC

Mark Kevin Jacob, East Lansing, MI

These three join hundreds of Lifetime Members, both current and past. All Lifetime Members receive:

  • Wall plaque signifying Lifetime Membership
  • Special First Flight Society Pin with Ruby
  • First Flight Society Hat
  • 8 x 10 photo of the First Flight
  • Discounts on FFS store items
  • Listing on the First Flight Society website
  • Access to Member section of the website
  • VIP status at our events

First Flight Society is proud to have our members help the Society preserve the legacy of the Wright Brothers through our programs, events and educational initiatives.

For a complete list of Lifetime Members please go […]

28 12, 2021

Sally K Ride

Inducted in 2021

Sally Ride was the first American woman to fly in space.

1951-2012

Sally Ride was born May 26, 1951, in California. After high school, she went to Stanford University in California. She earned degrees in physics. NASA began looking for women astronauts in 1977. Sally Ride decided to apply for the job and she was one of six women picked.

Dr. Ride was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978. In August 1979, she completed a one-year training and evaluation period, making her eligible for assignment as a Mission Specialist on future space shuttle flight crews. She subsequently performed as an on-orbit Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) on the STS-2 and STS-3 missions.

Dr Ride was a Mission Specialist on STS-7 in 1983 […]

18 12, 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 P-51 ride Sweepstakes Winner!

The First Flight Society is pleased to announce that Daniel McLeod of Payson AZ has won the P-51 ride sweepstakes. He has won a flight in Stallion 51’s “CRAZY HORSE” Mustang in Kissimmee, Florida.The winner can schedule the experience up to 12 months after winning and the prize award includes $600 towards your expenses to travel to the Orlando, Florida area for the experience. Also included as part of the ride package will be a Stallion 51 Jacket, T-Shirt and Cap!

The First Flight Society would like to thank everyone who entered and especially those who donated. No purchase was necessary to enter the contest.

The entire program takes approximately 2½ to 3 hours. The instructor will begin with a thorough preflight briefing where he will customize your flight profile, based on your experience, expertise and expectations.

Once in […]

18 11, 2021

First Flight Society Announces 2021 Class of Honorary Members

– November 18, 2021 – The First Flight Society announces 3 new Honorary Members: AOPA President Mark Baker, Historian Tom Crouch and Aerobatic Champion Rob Holland.

Tom D Crouch is an American aeronautics historian and curator. Tom Crouch joined the Smithsonian in 1974 and has served both the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History in a variety of curatorial and administrative posts. Dr. Crouch retired in 2018 and is a curator emeritus. He is the author or editor of several books and many articles for both popular magazines and scholarly journals. These include: The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur […]

13 11, 2021

Your Chance to Win a ride in a P-51 Mustang + this Wooden Display Model!