Homecoming: Replica 1903 Wright Flyer returns to memorial

By on October 3, 2018

The Flyer will rest on a newly designed pedestal in the Flight Room. (NPS/Twitter)

After spending the last two years in exile, the replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer returned to home on Wednesday to the Flight Room of the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitors Center.

The flyer was removed in the winter of 2016 to allow a $5.8 million rehabilitation project, led by Group III Management from Kinston, started in the winter of 2016. The work has brought the building back to the way it appeared when it opened in 1960 — orange trim, concrete and all.

Hurricane Florence delayed the reopening by a month, and it will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, according to the National Park Service, which operates the memorial in Kill Devil Hills.

The flyer spent about a year on display at the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh during the renovations.

It was then transported to the National Park Service’s Harpers Ferry Center for Interpretive Media in West Virginia for conservation work.

After a brief stay at The Wright Experience in northern Virginia, the flyer was trucked to the Outer Banks and placed back in the room that offers a panoramic view of the location of the First Flight and the memorial that sits atop Big Kill Devil Hills.

The National Historic Landmark that opened in 1960 will offer a state-of-the-art interactive experience for the more than 500,000 people that visit each year.

Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12- Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 1/24/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (alex.palagyi@whiting-turner.com)

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from theWhiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi (alex.palagyi@ whiting-turner.com) for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.


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  • Jim Brill

    Huge waste of taxpayer money

    Thursday, Oct 4 @ 8:40 am
  • Jim Brill

    5.8 million ????????? to pour some concrete and paint, etc….. yeh right! Something don’t add up here.

    Thursday, Oct 4 @ 8:42 am
  • tim

    Jim, If you lived in Idaho I maybe could understand your comment. At least it is something we have here to help the area economy out.

    Thursday, Oct 4 @ 10:34 am
  • Janine


    Thursday, Oct 4 @ 12:32 pm
  • Part Time OBX'er

    Jim, $5.8 Million was a bargain for what had to be done to update that building to live for another 50 years! Great Job NPS and NC for not just splashing some paint and pouring some cement – but thank you for investing on the future of this very important monument!

    Friday, Oct 5 @ 9:26 am