NPS To Honor Wright Brothers On Orville’s Birthday, National Aviation Day

Posted By on August 4, 2016

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and as part of that year-long ongoing celebration they have chosen what would be Orville Wright’s 145th birthday, August 19, recognized around the country as National Aviation Day, as the day they will highlight the Wright brothers as a part of their own centennial celebration.  

The First Flight Society will be joined by several other friends-of-flight as participants in the society’s annual program of events happening on August 19 at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills.

There will be no admission fee to the park on that day. 

You can see a tentative schedule of events below, and be sure to watch for additional information on National Aviation Day events on the Outer Banks.

10:00-10:30 – OPENING AND WELCOME,  Superintendent Hallac and FFS President Mike Smith 

(Skydiver jumps in American Flag and Centennial Prop)

10:30-10:45 – MAIDEN FLIGHT: Katherine Wright, Author Harry Haskell*

11:00-11:30 – DR. TOM CROUCH, Senior Curator, Aeronautics Dept., National Air & Space Museum                                                 Smithsonian, Special Presentation*

12:00-12:30 – FLIGHT ROOM TALK, Park Ranger Darrell Collins


1:00-1:30 – NPS IN AVIATION, CENTENNIAL and WRIGHT BROTHERS, Park Ranger Darrell Collins

                                 **1:00-1:30** – US COAST GUARD AND CIVILIAN FLYOVER –  weather permitting

2:00-2:30 – DR. TOM CROUCH – Special Presentation and Book Signing*


                                  **3:00-3:30** – FIRST FLIGHT TOUR, Park Ranger Dan Shook (On First Flight Line)

4:00-4:30 – FLIGHT ROOM TALK, Park Ranger Chelsy Jackson

5:00 – Park Closes

(Unless otherwise designated, all events held in Flight Room inside the Visitors Center.)

*Book Signing

**Activities outside in Park area

111th first flight anniversary observance at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC on December 17, 2014. (photo by Matt Artz for

Wright Brothers National Memorial (photo by Matt Artz for

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