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Celebrate National Aviation Day with First Flight Society on August 19
August 7, 2023
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  • Celebrate with The First Flight Society at the 5th annual National Aviation Day at Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo on August 19th, 2023. The event runs from 10AM-3PM and features Airplane Displays, Exhibitors, and Food Trucks. The mission of the celebration is to provide a fun and educational experience promoting, honoring, and celebrating the accomplishments of the Wright Brothers and helping educate the world about aviation. NAD is a free event aimed at all ages.

    NAD is also Orville Wright’s birthday. Former president Franklin D. Roosevelt was the creator of National Aviation Day, deciding for the first time in 1939 that the nation should celebrate the growth and advancements being made in aviation.

    Our keynote speaker will be historian Larry Tise.

    Dare County Regional airport (MQI) is located at 410 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954. Additional information can be found at

    The Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association, later named First Flight Society, began as a group of local businessmen who successfully petitioned the US Congress to fund and build a monument to the Wright Brothers’ 1903 achievement.

    The FFS plans an annual celebration at the Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17th to memorialize the accomplishments of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, NC.