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11 11, 2019

The 116th Wright Brothers Anniversary of Powered Flight and More.

Celebrating the 116th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first successful powered flight. We are also celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift as well as honoring the 2019 Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine Inductee Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, USAF Retired.

The First Flight Society annually honors those individuals and groups that have achieved significant “firsts” in aviation and includes them in our Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine exhibit at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.  This year’s honorees are 99-year-old Col. Gail Halvorsen, USAF (Ret) “the Candy Bomber” and the Berlin Airlift (June 27, 1948 to May 12, 1949) commemorating the 70th Anniversary of that historic event.

On the morning of December 17th we will be honoring both Colonel Halvorsen and the Berlin Airlift 70th Anniversary with ceremonies on the Memorial grounds at Kitty Hawk, NC that will […]

5 11, 2019

116th Anniversary Sponsorship Opportunities

Organizations from the aviation community and area businesses sponsor and underwrite many First Flight Society activities and programs throughout the year, especially the December 17th anniversary celebration at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.   Members, sponsors and volunteers work to joyfully commemorate the legacy of Orville and Wilbur Wright.  This year we will honor Col. Gail Halvorsen, USAF (Ret), the “Candy Bomber”, as representative of the crews that participated in the Berlin Airlift on this 70th Anniversary of the completion of that great humanitarian effort. We cannot help others experience this important story without you.  Your support keeps the inspiration, adventure and exploring spirit alive for the next generation of aviation pioneers.  Thank you!



  • Framed Certificate of First Flight Society Sponsorship
  • Sponsor listing in official Commemorative Program
  • Framed 8×10 photo of “The First Flight”
  • Subscription to THE FLYER, with full page ad in each issue […]
    8 10, 2019

    Canceled-The Wright Brothers Musical Returns!

    FFS and ECSU will host the return of Fresh Brewed Productions’ original musical, “Those Daring Young Men and Their Flying Machine” . Performed last year in Kitty Hawk, NC, the troupe will perform at the GR Little Theater on the ECSU campus on November 2nd and 3rd 2019. Tickets are available for purchase at EventBrite.com or by contacting the First Flight Society at admin@firstflight.org or 252.441.1903.

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    8 10, 2019

    October Membership 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 you receive:

    * Membership card
    * Society pin
    * 8 x 10 photo of the First Flight
    * Annual subscription to The Flyer
    * Discounts on FFS store items

    Join Now!


    17 08, 2019

    Celebrate National Aviation Day with Us!




    9AM TO 2PM

    Dare County Airport (MQI)







    • Meet members and learn about the First Flight Society
    • Aviation static displays: Navion, Caravans, Med Flight Helo, Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) C-172, and ECSU simulator
    • Learn about the ECSU STEM Progams
    • Visit the Airport Museum and learn about the WWII squadrons that had special training at NAAS Manteo (the origin of this airport).


    Weather permitting, the airport commercial operators will be offering the following opportunities for a fee:

    ·         Open cockpit biplane, helicopter and warbird tours over the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina!

    ·         Tandem Skydiving!


    410 Airport Road
    Manteo NC 27954

    3 08, 2019

    FFS Giving Day is August 19th!

    First Flight Society Giving Day is August 19th, 2019!

    For 24 hours, sponsors, supporters, members and friends will come together and make a powerful statement of support for the First Flight Society’s mission to raise public awareness of the origin and future of aviation. Gifts to the First Flight Society Annual Fund on Giving Day make a lasting impact on the FFS and its programs.– to ensure future generations are educated and able to celebrate the lasting legacy of the Wright Brothers!

    Giving Day offers First Flight Society supporters the chance to come together and make a tremendous cumulative impact. This year Giving Day is on National Aviation Day.
    You can help us make First Flight Society Giving Day a big success! In the spirit of the Wright Brothers, donate to the FFS Annual Fund during Giving Day, August 19th!


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    7 06, 2019

    Wright Brothers National Memorial celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing, July 18-20

    Wright Brothers National Memorial, in partnership with Outer Banks Forever, First Flight Foundation, and First Flight Society, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a series of events from July 18-20.

    The anniversary weekend launches the evening of July 18th with a special space-themed movie showing at Dowdy Park in Nags Head, sponsored by the First Flight Foundation. Special space-themed ranger-programs will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

    On July 20th, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the public is invited to watch a special rebroadcast of the news coverage of the original lunar landing outside the visitor center. Some visitors may remember that 50 years ago, on the evening of July 20, 1969, Wright Brothers National Memorial hosted a live […]