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16 04, 2019

Happy Birthday Wilbur Wright!

Today is Wilbur Wright’s 152nd 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!

11 04, 2019

FFS Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 4th!

FIRST FLIGHT SOCIETY ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

 

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019

SEA SCAPE GOLF LINKS KITTY HAWK, NC

$75/PLAYER / $300 PER 4-MAN TEAM

           Green Fees – Cart – Meal – Prizes
     CAPTAIN’S CHOICE
       4-PLAYER SCRAMBLE

 

Registration:  B.J. Gourley, First Flight Society – 252.441.1903

Questions:  Charlie Davidson – 252.548.9141

 

Registration and More information on our FFS Golf Tournament event page

25 03, 2019

Why Should You Donate to FFS?

Donate.

You see this almost every day from one organization or another. You get telephone calls. You get letters. You see it on television. You hear it on the radio.

Like most non profits we rely on donations and memberships from people just like you to keep our group alive. Your next question is probably, “Why should I donate to the First Flight Society?” What do they actually do?

Did you know that If it wasn’t for the First Flight Society there wouldn’t even be a Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina? Under the name Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association, a group of local businessmen petitioned the US Congress to Fund and build a monument to the Wright Brothers’ achievement of 1903.

Though primarily known as the group that puts on the annual celebration at the Wright Brothers National Memorial every December 17th, that is not all that we […]

25 02, 2019

Commander Stewart Ross Graham

Commander Stewart Ross Graham– Inducted into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine at Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17, 2016, celebrating the 113th Wright Brothers Anniversary of Powered Flight. This aviation hero was a pioneer in the development of techniques the helicopter is renowned for to this day.

Commander Graham, trained by his mentor Capt. Erickson, was soon designated as the second Coast Guard helicopter pilot.    Commander Graham become “awestruck” by the new “machine”, and captivated by its possibilities.  Instructor and student were an outstanding team – and deservingly earned their titles as HELICOPTER PILOT #1 and HELICOPTER PILOT #2.

 

25 02, 2019

Captain Frank A. Erickson

Captain Frank A. Erickson – Inducted into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine at Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17, 2016, celebrating the 113th Wright Brothers Anniversary of Powered Flight.

This aviation hero was a  pioneer in the development of techniques the helicopter is renowned for to this day.  Captain Erikson is designated as the first Coast Guard helicopter pilot.  Capt. Erickson, a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, applied for flight training, became fascinated with aviation, and was challenged by the possibilities for the helicopter.

25 02, 2019

Elrey Borge Jeppesen

Elrey Borge Jeppesen – Inducted into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine, December 17, 2017. While flying across the country to deliver mail in the early days of aviation, Capt. Jeppesen created his “little black book” of navigation charts, information still in use today.  He eventually founded the Jeppesen Company providing navigational assistance to pilots, and which is now a subsidiary of the Boeing Corporation.

25 02, 2019

Katherine G. Johnson

Katherine G. JohnsonInducted into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine, December 17, 2018.  A NASA mathematician for 33 years, Mrs. Johnson was the first female to author a NASA research report and is most known for her work on the trajectory analysis needed for Alan Shepards’ 1961 Freedom mission and John Glenn’s 1962 orbital mission.  However, she cites her calculations syncing the Apollo Lunar Lander with the Command & Service Module as her greatest contribution to space exploration.  Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Photograph by Gregory Kavalec, displayed at Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitors Center, Kill Devil Hills, NC.