The First Flight Society announces 5 new Honorary Members: Colonel Gail Halvorsen, Brigadier General Charles McGee, Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” Rutan, Sean D. Tucker, and Patty Wagstaff.
Colonel Halvorsen, General McGee and Colonel Dick Rutan have all been previously inducted into the
Paul E Garber Shrine. Halvorsen was nicknamed “the Candy Bomber” for air dropping candy to German
children during the Berlin Airlift. McGee was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen who flew fighter
escort for Allied bombers. Rutan is a fighter pilot, test pilot, and record-breaking aviator who in
1986 piloted the Voyager aircraft on the first non-stop around-the-world flight with co-pilot Jeana
Yeager. Halvorsen turned 100 in October and McGee celebrated 101 on December 7th.
Sean Tucker and Patty Wagstaff are celebrated Aerobatic pilots, who still perform. Tucker has won
numerous air show championship competitions throughout his career and was inducted into the
National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2008. Wagstaff […]
Save the date! December 17th, 2020 is the 117th anniversary of powered flight. The First Flight Society will be honoring Frank Caldwell as the 2020 Paul E Garber Shrine inductee.
Like every other event held this year, this will be different than previous years. There will be a large Virtual element to this years celebration. More details will be coming soon.
The Paul E Garber honoree 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. A portrait of Frank Caldwell will be unveiled and presented at the ceremony on December 17th, 2020, celebrating the 117th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers First Flight.
Mr. Caldwell’s many contributions to aviation in propeller technology highlighted by his winning with Hamilton Standard the 1933 Collier Trophy for design of the controllable-pitch propeller. His design innovations led […]
Exciting news! We just created our own channel on YouTube. Our first major online event was an interview with Wilbur Wright for his birthday Celebration on April 16th. The interview streamed Live on Facebook and YouTube and is now available to view on our YouTube channel. We are slowly, but surely, adding new videos like the one below. This features a slideshow of some of the many paintings of our Paul E Garber Shrine Honorees.
To see our other videos, please go to First Flight Society YouTube Channel.
Here is the First Flight Society Calendar of Events for 2020:
April 16, 2020 Wilbur Wright Birthday Celebration
May 16, 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.
WELCOME TO THE
116TH ANNIVERSARY OF POWERED FLIGHT
The Legacy of Orville and Wilbur Wright
The 70th Anniversary of the World War II Berlin Airlift
June 1948 – September 1949
December 17, 2019
Wright Brothers National Memorial Park
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
9:00 a.m. Park Gates Open to Visitors
PRELUDE BAND CONCERT
First Flight High School Band, Bob Ebert, Director
9:30 a.m. ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM
WELCOME & GUEST RECOGNITION Arthur Lamothe, President, First Flight Society, Inc.
PRESENTATION OF COLORS Camden High School ROTC
NATIONAL ANTHEM Walter Swan, Director – ECSU Choir
FLYOVER TRIBUTE TO U.S. Navy C-40, U.S. Air Force […]
We have had an exciting year so far, but we have more exciting events and announcements coming!
National Aviation Day/Orville Wright’s Birthday August 19th
First Flight Giving Day August 19th
New FFS Member Program Coming Soon!
Wright Brothers Play TBD
116th Anniversary of Flight December 17th
Join the First Flight Society this Saturday, October 20th at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park. We will have a table set up and we encourage all current and future members to stop by and say Hi. Anyone who joins the FFS during the grand reopening event will receive a complimentary copy of The Wright Brothers by David Mccullough.
Here is more information from the National Park Service about the Grand Reopening:
On Saturday, October 20, Wright Brothers National Memorial will hold a grand reopening ceremony for its National Historic Landmark visitor center. The park will be open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Entrance fees will be waived on this very special day.
The Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2001.
Starting at 9:30 am, the grand reopening ceremony will feature speeches by National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Robert Vogel and National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David […]