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

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

Wright Brothers' First Flight Achievement Celebration December 17

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Date: December 13, 2013
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034

On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, the First Flight Society and the National Park Service will continue the tradition of honoring the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright at the 110th anniversary celebration of the first heavier-than-air powered flight.The event takes place at Wright Brothers National Memorial and park entrance fees will be waived for the duration of the event.

Scheduled events for the day include:

·8:45 a.m. – Observance begins with a patriotic musical prelude by the Northeastern High School Band from Elizabeth City, NC.

·9 a.m. – The formal program begins in the First Flight Pavilion with opening remarks from First Flight Society President Geneva Perry followed by NPS Superintendent Barclay Trimble who will welcome guests. Speakers include Park Ranger Darrell Collins, Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator of the Division of Aeronautics – Smithsonian Institution & delivering the keynote will be Louis Mancini, Senior Vice President for Commercial Aviation Services – Boeing.The First Flight Society will pay tribute to William Edward Boeing, this year's inductee into the First Flight Society's Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine.

·10:35 a.m. – An aviation flyover will pay tribute to the Wright brothers at the documented exact moment of the Wrights' first flight.

·11 a.m. – There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the exact spot where the famous first flight occurred.During this event, the Wright brothers and the witnesses of the first flight will be honored by the National Park Service, members of the First Flight Society, and the descendants of the witnesses.

·11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Meet and greet with members of the Wright family inside the Wright Brothers National Memorial visitor center.

Throughout the day, the park's museum exhibits and activities provide an atmosphere of enjoyable learning about one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century.The visitor center is open at 9 a.m.The 25-minute interpretive talks take place in the Flight Room Auditorium at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.Children are invited to participate in the park's Junior Ranger program.

 For more information on William Edward Boeing and his induction into the First Flight Society's Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine, please visit www.firstflight.org.

For more information about the event, call Wright Brothers National Memorial at (252) 473-2111.

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Did You Know?

Sculpture of John Daniels taking the picture

John Daniels, who was employed at the Kill Devils Hills Life-Saving Station in North Carolina was asked to take the now famous photograph of the first flight. Daniels had never operated a camera until the morning of the flight.