112th Anniversary of Flight at the Wright Memorial


01/09/2016: On December 17, 2015, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base remembered the 112th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight.

Credit:88th Air Base Wing:12/17/15

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.