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On Sunday October 1, 2017, Swiss Light Artist Gerry Hofstetter will illuminate Wright Brothers Monument as part of his Light Art Grand Tour USA. This special event is open to the public and admission to the park grounds is free from 5 to 10 pm.
Schedule of Events:
5:30 pm & 6:30 pm: Wright Brothers Ranger Programs at the covered tent
7:30 pm: Introduction to the Light Art by artist Gerry Hofstetter at the base of Big Kill Devil Hill in the light art viewing area (as directed by National Park Service rangers)
8:00 – 9:30 pm: Light art show viewing from the base of Big Kill Devil Hill in the viewing area (see above)
What to Bring:
Please bring flashlights or headlamps to help you safely navigate the park after dark. There will be limited lighting available and most of the event takes place after sunset. You are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, snacks and […]
Here are photos from National Aviation Day at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC on Saturday, August 19th, 2017. First Flight Society would like to thank all the participants, volunteers and spectators who joined us for a beautiful day at the park!
(Photos by First Flight Board Member Bill Douglas)
The First Flight Society is 90 years old today.
In 1927, a group of forward-thinking northeastern North Carolina business and civic leaders began an effort to preserve the original site of the Wright brothers’ flights of December 17, 1903. The group formally organized on August 16, 1927, as the Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association and set about the task of acquiring the site where Orville and Wilbur Wright made their four historic flights in 1903. The Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association was formally incorporated in 1943. Its name was changed to Kill Devil Hills Memorial Society in 1951 and in 1966 changed to the First Flight Society.
The National Park Service and the First Flight Society share in our missions and purpose resulting in the benefit of a partnership effort that has endured since the Wright Brothers National Memorial became part of the National Park System in 1933. The First Flight […]
Celebrate National Aviation Day at Wright Brothers National Memorial!
Wright Brothers National Memorial and the First Flight Society invite you to celebrate National
Aviation Day on Saturday, August 19, 2017. The park will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and
entrance fees will be waived for the event. The opening ceremony will begin at 9:45 am at the large
covered tent south of the temporary visitor center. This special event will provide opportunities
to explore aviation from the time the Wright brothers first took flight through modern aviation and
space exploration today.
National Aviation Day was first proclaimed on August 19, 1939, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
This day also coincides with Orville Wright’s birth date. In commemoration of what the Wright
brothers achieved, the park will host special guest speakers, pilots, aircraft displays, and
flight-related activities. Participating partners and exhibitors include the First Flight Society,
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center, United States Navy,
United States […]
Be sure to join us for a very exciting day on August 19, 2017 at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park! The First Flight Society will be celebrating National Aviation Day. In addition we will commemorate Orville Wright’s 146th Birthday, and the 75th Anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol. There will be activities for young and old. Local military and aviation organizations will be represented, but you don’t want to miss the highlight of the day when U.S. Coast Guard aircraft and WWII T-6 Trainers provide a ceremonial FLYOVER. Come out and enjoy all the Wright Brothers National Memorial has to offer as we honor the Wright Brothers and the Aviation community on National Aviation Day. Hours 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
Memories from 2014 Aviation Day
Tuesday, April 18th, actors portraying Wilbur and Orville dropped by fourth grade classes at First Flight ElementarySchool. The visit was to recognize Wilbur Wright’s 150th birthday on April 16th. A representative from the National Park Service at Wright Brothers Memorial Park joined Wilbur and Orville to explain the NPS Kids in the Park program. Open to all fourth graders nationwide, get program information at https://www.nps.gov/kids/index.cfm
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILBUR! Fourth Graders at First Flight Elementary will be surprised to see Orville and Wilbur Wright drop by the classrooms on Tuesday, April 18 to recognize Wilbur Wright’s 150th birthday (April 16)! Representatives of the National Park Service from the Wright Brothers Memorial Park will accompany the Orville & Wilbur to explain the NPS Kids in Parks program. Open to all fourth graders, nationwide Get program information at: https://www.nps.gov/kids/index.cfm
Please join The First Flight Society the weekend of April 15-16, 2017 at the Wright Brothers National Memorial to celebrate Wilbur Wright’s birthday. Wilbur was born April 16th, 1867 near Millville, Indiana, to Milton and Susan Wright. Pencil this weekend on your calendar and we will provide more details as we get closer to the event.