First Flight Centennial Celebration
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First Flight Centennial Events


10th - 11th: Commemoration of 1902 Gliders and Hang Gliding Event
11th: Macon County Aviation Centennial Celebration - Macon County Airport in Franklin, NC. 10am to 5pm. Admission $3.00 / 12 & Under Free. Highlights are NASA displays including a Lunar Sample (Moon Rock), USAF displays,  helicopter and other aircraft sightseeing flights of fall color, aircraft static displays, skydivers and much more! Call toll free for information at 888-720-7829 or visit the web site.




8th: ICARUS International Monument to a Century of Flight Ribbon Cutting (changed from September 27, please know that there was no damage to the installation or the site from Hurricane Isabel). Join us to officially open this new Monument at the Aycock Brown Welcome Center.




1st - 31st: 100 Years, 100 Works presented by Icarus International December 1 – 31 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Festival Park Art Gallery. Heralding the connection between creativity and invention, one hundred works of flight inspired art will fill the Festival Park Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, December 7 from 4 – 6 p.m. For more information call Icarus International at 252-441-6584 or Roanoke Island Festival Park at 252-475-1506.
6th: The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts celebrates First Flight Centennial by presenting Jim Walker and "Free Flight". From Bach to Beethoven to Miles Davis to the Beatles: the leading flute in Hollywood! Performance is Saturday, December 6 at 7:30pm at Kitty Hawk Elementary School; tickets are $15 in advance/$17 at the door, students 12-18 $5 with student I.D., accompanied children under 12 free. For more information call 252-202-9732.
12th - 17th: First Flight Centennial Celebration at Wright Brothers National Memorial
Igniting the Imagination - This first day of the centennial is designed to inspire the next generation of aviators by engaging children of all ages in the power of flight. Highlights include interacting with NASA; interviews with the Wright family children; candy bomber demonstrations; and a chance to soar with the EAA Young Eagles.
Remember the Past, Imagine the Future - During these two days of the Centennial Celebration, "Remember the Past, Imagine the Future" will celebrate aviation's impact over the last century, featuring appearances by historic aviators, history of flight exhibits, aircraft demonstrations.
Protecting the Home of the Brave - On the fourth day of the Centennial Celebration, "Protecting the Home of the Brave" celebrates the impact of aviation in the military and includes military aircraft dating back to WWI and a military flyover.
In History's Footsteps - For the fifth day of the Centennial Celebration, "In History's Footsteps, Celebrating 100 Aviation Pioneers" honors 100 aviation heroes and includes films and exhibits.
12 Seconds that Changed the World - On the final day of the Centennial, "12 Seconds that Changed the World" presents a re-creation of the Wright brothers' flight at the exact same time (10:35 am) and place. (The flight will be repeated at 2:00 pm.) The authentic re-creation of the 1903 Flyer is being commissioned by the EAA and built by the Wright Experience. Dignitaries, celebrities, descendants of the Wright brothers and the first flight witnesses, and aviation legends will be on hand to commemorate this occasion.
13th - 17th: Outer Banks Aviation Film Festival, Roanoke Island Festival Park, The Film Theatre. Highlighting the history of aviation on celluloid, sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and Dare County. Free.
Dec. 13 - 4:00 pm: Battle of Britain; 7:00 pm: Airplane
Dec. 14 - 4:00 pm: A Guy Named Joe; 7:00 pm: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Dec. 15 - 4:00 pm: The Great Waldo Pepper; 7:00 pm: Wings
Dec. 16 - 4:00 pm: Strategic Air Command; 7:00 pm: Spirit of St. Louis
Dec. 17 - 4:00 pm: Wings of Eagles; 7:00 pm: The Right Stuff


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