Wright Brothers 112th First Flight Anniversary Highlights [Video / Photo Gallery]
The First Flight Society and the National Park Service (NPS) continued the tradition of honoring the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright at the 112st anniversary celebration of the first heavier-than-air, controlled, powered flight on Dec. 17 at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, at the site of the historic first flight.
Entrance fees to the park were waived for the day, as the morning program included the induction of pilot Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world, into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine.
A Cessna 180, painted and refurbished to exactly replicate Jerrie Mock’s plane the “Spirit of Columbus,” was on display.
A brief fly over featuring various models of planes and helicopters began at 10:35am, the exact minute when the original Wright flyer lifted off of the ground for 12 seconds and flew 120 feet on Dec. 17, 1903.
You can watch our highlight video in the player below, and then scroll down to view some images from the event in our photo gallery!