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Celebrating the 118th Anniversary of Powered Flight

Updated: Dec 16, 2021


Then - December 17, 1903:

This telegram was sent by Orville Wright to his father on December 17, 1903, the day of the Wright brothers historic first flight. The brothers had hoped to give their hometown of Dayton the honor of announcing the news but the Dayton Journal's telegraph editor deemed it non-newsworthy, and the first report appeared in the Norfolk Virginia Pilot (a fitting title) on the morning of December 18. The reporter, H.P. Moore had obtained the story from the Norfolk telegraph operator and, apparently understanding its significance, created a whole article from the sparse information in the telegram. That article served as the basis for a front page story in the Dayton Evening Herald later that day in the Wright's hometown paper.


Now - December 17, 2021:

Join the 118th Anniversary of Powered Flight joint livestream of ceremonies being held at Dayton Aviation National Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, and Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.


Outer Banks Forever and the National Aviation Heritage Area will jointly livestream the ceremonies being held at Dayton Aviation National Historical Park and Wright Brothers National Memorial on Facebook. The in-person event hosted by the First Flight Society at Wright Brothers National Memorial will begin at 9 a.m. (EST), and the celebration at Dayton Aviation National Historical Park will begin at 10 a.m. (EST). See this facebook link for more event information.



The Wright Route

A new way to experience the Wright brothers’ stories from Dayton, OH, and Kitty Hawk, NC!

Created in partnership with National Aviation Heritage Area, First Flight Society and the National Park Service at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and Wright Brothers National Memorial, the Wright Route is an online hub full of ideas for your next aviation-themed adventure! To learn more, check out the link below:

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Take take your own journey along the Wright Route and discover the many people and places that influenced the Wright brothers and their quest for powered flight!

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