• The iconic first flight of the Wright brothers in their 1903 Wright Flyer

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

Veteran's Day Exhibit at Wright Brothers NMem Features NC Blackhawk helicopter crewman

NC crewmen in Iraq
Shown left to right:  Air crewman Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tim Hughes, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mark Gottholm, 1 st  Sergeant Gary Hamm and Staff Sergeant Brian Calloway.
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News Release Date: November 9, 2009
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111, ext. 148

In 2004, eight North Carolina Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter units served in the Iraq war with the distinction of being the first North Carolina Blackhawk crewmen to serve.  Inspired by the Wright Brothers National Memorial theme of “First in Flight” Major Brian Pierce instructed his crewmen to paint a graphic of the Wright flyer along with the words “First in Flight” on the engine cowling of their helicopters.  The crewmen flew the Blackhawks and also created and wore “Wright Flyer” patches with pride during their overseas deployment.  In addition, the crewman helped to build a two-story recreation center which they named “OBX.”  A temporary exhibit of their photographs will be on display beginning Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2009, a "fee free" day for everyone, at the Wright Brothers Pavilion.  

Did You Know?

Big Kill Devil Hill ca1900 (credit:Library of Congress)

Big Kill Devil Hill actually moved 450 feet to the southwest during the 25 years from the Wrights' first flight in 1903 until 1928, when the park was established.