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First Flight Anniversary – Wright Brothers National Memorial

December 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm UTC+0

Celebrate the anniversary of Wilbur and Orville’s first flight here in the Outer Banks!

This year we’re thankful to be partnering with the First Flight Society, National Aviation Heritage Area, Wright-Patterson Airforce Base in Dayton, OH and Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park to bring you a co-hosted virtual event connecting the stories of the Wright Brothers from their hometown in Ohio to their first flight here in the Outer Banks.

Schedule of Events:

9:30am – Live stream ceremony from Wright Brothers National Memorial begins on Outer Banks Forever’s Facebook page.

Speakers in Kill Devil Hills, NC:

  • Scott Babinowich, Chief of Interpretation for your OBX National Parks
  • Dave Hallac, Superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina
  • Mike Fonseca, President of the First Flight Society

Speakers in Dayton, OH:

  • Dan Patterson, Author
  • USAF Band of Flight
  • Chaplain Capt. Cliff Mullen, US Air Force
  • Colonel Patrick G. Miller, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Brigadier General John P. Newberry, US Air Force
  • Kendell Thompson, Superintendent of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

10:30am – Joint wreath laying ceremonies (continued on Outer Banks Forever’s Facebook page). In Kill Devil Hills, wreaths are lain by descendants of the witnesses who were here to see Wilbur and Orville take flight – W.C. Brinkley, John T. Daniels, Willis Dough, Adam Etheridge, and Johnny Moore. In Dayton, OH wreaths are lain by the descendants of the Wright Family.

10:35am – Join flyover of military and private planes in both Kill Devil Hills, NC and Dayton, OH

After the live broadcast, please visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial Facebook page for additional ranger programs and interviews throughout the day.


December 17, 2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm UTC+0


Outer Banks Forever
National Park Service
First Flight Society