By Submitted Story on November 19, 2020
On December 17, 1903 the winds at Kitty Hawk, NC were high, but two brothers from Dayton, OH didn’t let that stop them. Orville Wright took the 1903 Wright Flyer into the air at 10:35am, Wilbur Wright helping to steady the wings. After four flights that day, the following telegram was sent home to Dayton: “Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from Level with engine power alone average speed through air thirty one miles longest 57 seconds inform Press home Christmas.”
In celebration of First Flight, organizations in both Ohio and North Carolina are joining forces to commemorate the occasion.
The National Aviation Heritage Area, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, First Flight Society, First Flight Foundation, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Outer Banks Forever will be livestreaming wreath-laying ceremonies and flyovers on December 17 and will offer additional special programming throughout the day. Additional details about each event, including specific times and lists of speakers, will be announced in early December. Park entrance fees at Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina will be waived on the first flight anniversary. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Ohio is a free site. Due to COVID restrictions, space is limited for some events. If you are interested in a press pass, please reach out to the media contacts listed.
The National Aviation Heritage Area is the recognized center of aviation heritage tourism and aerospace innovation, sustaining the legacy of the Wright Brothers. Our mission is to preserve and develop the assets in the National Aviation Heritage Area and promote the heritage and future of aerospace. www.visitNAHA.com
Wright Brothers National Memorial is located in the heart of the Outer Banks, a chain of barrier islands in eastern North Carolina. The memorial is located in the town of Kill Devil Hills, NC and is open every day of the year except December 25. For additional information or resources in planning your visit to the Outer Banks, please visit the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.