On December 17th, 2013, join us at the exact site – at the exact time – to remember, commemorate, and celebrate the historic achievement of the Wright Brothers’ historic flight.
The First Flight Society celebrates the anniversary of the first powered flight annually on the grounds of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, maintained by the National Park Service, in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
This year’s celebrations will include a ceremony at the Memorial, the induction of a major figure in aviation into the Society’s Shrine, a thrilling fly-over of civilian, military and historic aircraft, and a luncheon. This annual celebration is a joint effort of the First Flight Society, the National Park Service, the military, and many other participants.
This year, as part of the annual celebration, The First Flight Society will induct William Edward Boeing (1881-1956) into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine at The Wright Brothers National Memorial. Boeing is the founder of the Boeing Airplane Company, the largest and most successful commercial aircraft manufacturer in the world.
In addition to being honored at the 100th celebration of flight, Boeing was awarded the Daniel Guggenheim Medal for notable achievements in aeronautics. Only the sixth man to be so honored, Orville Wright received the first award.
110th Anniversary of Powered Flight Celebration, December 16-17, 2013
Schedule of Events:
All events are open to the public, but reservations are required for the Celebration Banquet and the Annual Luncheon. Call (252) 441-1903 to make reservations for these events.
Monday, December 16: Celebration Banquet, Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk, NC
6:00 PM: Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM: Dinner followed by banquet speaker, Mr. Doug King, CEO and President, The Museum of Aviation, Seattle, Washington
Entertainment by the Flying Musicians Association, Inc.
Tuesday, December 17: Wright Brothers National Memorial Pavilion
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM: Northeastern High School Band Concert
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: 110th Anniversary Ceremonies
10:35 AM: Military and Civilian Aircraft Flyover
- Presentation of Colors
- Pledge of Allegiance
- National Anthem
- Official Welcome by Superintendent Barclay Trimble
- Recognition of Special Guests
- Wright Brothers Story: Darrell Collins, Historian, National Park Service
- Introduction of Keynote Speaker
- Keynote Address
- Tribute to Honoree and Induction to Shrine
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Placing of the Wreaths, Boulder Site (Darrell Collins, NPS Historian, Presiding and Wreath presentations – 1903 Witness Descendants and Founding Fathers families)
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Meet and Greet with member of the Wright family, Visitors Center, Wright Brothers National Memorial
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Annual Luncheon and First Flight Society Annual Meeting, Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk
- Call to order, President Geneva Perry
- Recognition of Guests
- Luncheon Speaker, Superintendent Barclay Trimble, Outer Banks Group, National Park Service
- Presentation: Colonel James E. “Red” Smith Distinguished Service Award
- Other Announcements
- 15 minute break
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Annual Business Meeting and Election of Directors, First Flight Society, Hilton Garden Inn (Ballots for the Election of Directors will be distributed to members in good standing at the luncheon.)
All events subject to change.
The Wright Brothers Monument at Wright Brothers National Memorial is a striking Art Deco style structure that commemorates the first sustained flight in a heavier-than-air machine that took place on December 17, 1903. Perched on the top of a grassy hill in Kill Devil Hills, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, The Wright Brothers Monument is made of granite and stands over 60 feet high.
Naturally, the Memorial would not exist without the astounding feats of Wilbur and Orville Wright, two innovative and daring brothers from Dayton, Ohio that ran a bicycle shop – where they designed intricate plans and blueprints in hopes of achieving their dream of flying. In
1900, Wilbur and Orville chose the sparsely populated area, known as the Outer Banks, to conduct experiments that resulted in their historic first flight. It was the Outer Banks of North Carolina, specifically the town of Kitty Hawk, that possessed the ideal conditions for testing their gliders – privacy, wide-open space, and steady winds with massive sand dunes, to help with that monumental initial flight.