Here is the front page of the latest edition of The Flyer, the official publication of the First Flight Society. Haven’t gotten yours yet? There is a simple way to remedy that. A membership in the First Flight Society will get this sent right to your door!
Readers of The Flyer were the first to know that this year’s Paul E Garber First Flight Shrine Honoree is Katherine G Johnson. If you’ve read the book or seen the movie Hidden Figures, you now exactly who this amazing lady is. Mrs Johnson will be inducted into the First Flight Shrine during the annual Wright Brothers Celebration in Kill Devil Hills this December 17th.
Did you know that without the First Flight Society there would be no Wright Brothers National Memorial? There also wouldn’t be an annual celebration on December 17th of each year.
The First Flight Society was born in 1927 under the parenting of W.O. Saunders, the publisher of the Elizabeth City newspaper, The Independent. It started life as the Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association, a group of 46 like minded businessman, who came together to promote the building of a memorial to the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903.
The first celebration of the first flight was the 25th anniversary on December 17th, 1928.
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Wright Brothers National Memorial announced today that it will offer six days without entrance fees in 2018.
The 2018 entrance fee free days are:
- January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- April 21: First Day of National Park Week
- August 19: National Aviation Day
- September 22: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
- December 17: 115th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight
“2018 is guaranteed to be an exciting year at Wright Brothers National Memorial,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac. “Entrance fees will be waived on six fee free days, staff will continue working with our valuable partners to hold inspiring National Aviation Day and first flight anniversary events, and there will a grand reopening of the park’s visitor center next year.”
Bring your family and friends to Wright Brothers National Memorial, site of the first powered flight, and learn more about this great nation’s aviation […]
On Sunday, December 17, 2017, the First Flight Society and the National Park Service (NPS) will continue the tradition of honoring the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright at the 114th anniversary celebration of the first heavier-than-air, controlled, powered flight. The event takes place at the tent area south of the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center parking area and park entrance fees will be waived for the day.
Scheduled events for the day include:
8:30 a.m. – The observance begins with a patriotic musical prelude by the Northeastern High School Band from Elizabeth City, NC.
8:45 a.m. – The formal program will commemorate the Wrights’ achievement. Arthur Lamothe, President of the First Flight Society, will open the program; the Civil Air Patrol, NC and VA Wings will present the colors; Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technology will lead the pledge of allegiance; Graham Outten will lead the National Anthem; and […]
Inducted in 2015
First woman to complete a solo flight around the world
Jerrie Mock, the first woman to complete a solo flight around the world, will be the 2015 inductee in the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine. The induction is part of ceremonies to be held on December 17th at Wright Brothers National Memorial. In 1964, at age 38, and the mother of three, Ms. Mock flew a single engine Cessna 180 christened the “Spirit of Columbus”, nicknamed “Charlie”, a total of 23,000 miles in 29 days, to become another “first” in the world of aviation.
Geraldine “Jerrie” Fredritz Mock was born on November 22, 1925 in Newark, Ohio. Her interest in flying started at the early age of seven when she had her first airplane ride, and declared she was going to be a pilot. She was eleven when Amelia Earhart launched her around the world flight, and every day […]
Inducted in 2014
First woman aviation engineer
December 17, 2014 – A beautiful day at Wright Brothers National Memorial as Mary S. Feik was honored and her portrait was added to the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine at Wright Brothers National Memorial.
Mary is the first woman aviation engineer. But Mary did not stop there. During WWII, Mary became an expert on many military aircraft and is credited with becoming the first woman engineer in research and development in the Air Technical Service Command’s Engineering Division at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. She flew more than 6,000 hours as pilot in fighter, attack, bomber, cargo and training aircraft. She qualified as a B-29 Flight Engineer and was an engineering analyst in test aircraft for flight and maintenance requirements.
She participated in engineering “mock-up” evaluations for new aircraft prop set for production at the various aircraft manufacturing plants to determine flight and maintenance training requirements. Mary has authored pilot training and maintenance manuals […]
Founder of the Boeing Airplane Company
Years after attending his first air show in 1910, he became fascinated with aviation. After his first airplane ride, he purchased a Martin hydroplane, took flying lessons, became a pilot, and became obsessed with the notion that he could build a better plane than those currently in the air.
Boeing enlisted his engineering friend, George Conrad Westervelt, to design and build the B&W, a twin-float seaplane. He was so encouraged that he decided to begin his own plane-building business, Pacific Aero Products Company, a small airplane manufacturing company that became the Boeing Airplane Company a year later in 1916.
In 1917, just before America’s entry into World War I, Boeing knew the Navy needed planes. He delivered a Model C seaplane to Navy officials in Florida to test, and his business was firmly secured when the Navy sent his company an order for 50 of the […]
Inducted in 2012
Four-time astronaut and current Administrator, NASA
Born in Columbia, SC, retired Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps and current Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and completed flight training as a Naval Aviator in 1970. He flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1972-1973. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1980.
His 34-year career in the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. He traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994. During his first mission on board the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1986, he participated in deployment of the SATCOM KU satellite and conducted experiments in […]