North Carolina, Ohio to celebrate 118th anniversary of first flight together, debut Wright Route

Nonprofit partners in both states to co-produce virtual event, launch  Wright Route to put ‘aviation rivalry’ to rest KITTY HAWK, NC and DAYTON, OH — Orville and Wilbur Wright changed the course of human history in 12 seconds when they completed the first successful heavier-than-air powered flight on the sands of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec. 17, 1903. But their journey to..

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John White's watercolor painting of a group of Carolina Algonquians fishing.

Honoring Native American Legacies in the Outer Banks

This month, national parks around the United States are honoring Native American Heritage Month, and our Outer Banks national parks are joining them!  Years before the arrival of the English and what we call “The Lost Colony,” the land that is now known as the Outer Banks was home to Native American peoples who honored and cultivated the unique resources of these barrier islands. ..

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Orville and Wilbur Wright complete the first successful heavier-than-air powered flight of 12 seconds on December 17, 1903 in Kill Devil Hills.

Celebrate National Aviation Day 2021 in the OBX!

We invite you to celebrate National Aviation Day (Orville and Katharine Wright’s birthdays!) on Thursday, August 19, at two different locations in the OBX: Dare County Regional Airport and Wright Brothers National Memorial! Dare County Regional Airport: Thursday, August 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sponsored by the First Flight Society, this event includes..

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Tuskegee Airmen Freemen Field Bomber Crew in front of airplane

The Tuskegee Airmen: A Legacy of Excellence and Perseverance

This month, we join the National Park Service and park partners around the country to celebrate Black History Month. Your OBX National Parks are vitally important to Black history in the United States, and your park staff work diligently to ensure these stories are preserved and shared with generations to come.  Recently, Ranger Ashley from..

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An Unlikely Friendship: Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Wright Brothers

This month, we join with the National Park Service in celebrating and honoring Black History Month by sharing stories about African American history in the Outer Banks and in our Outer Banks national parks. In 1890 at a small rural high school in Dayton, Ohio, an unlikely friendship was struck up between Paul Laurence Dunbar,..

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