North Carolina Centennial of Flight

Web Sites

First Flight Centennial

The official site of the Centennial Foundation has information about the celebration at Kitty Hawk, including ticket information, an online store, history of the Wright Brothers Monument, and an archived online newsletter.

Centennial of Flight

The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission web site offers many photo-essays covering the history of powered flight, along with film clips of the Wright Brothers' flights, and a searchable timeline.

North Carolina Centennial of Flight

The NC Centennial of Flight Commission web site is a great starting place to find resources specific to North Carolina's Centennial Celebration. The site offers links to state government departments that are involved in the First Flight Centennial.

Into the Blue

The North Carolina Museum of Art began a "year-long celebration of flight and imagination" called Into the Blue in April, offering films, lectures, and family events. In November, the museum will open their Defying Gravity: Contemporary Art and Flight exhibition.


First to Fly: North Carolina and the Beginnings of Aviation
Thomas C. Parramore

First to Fly explores North Carolina's history of aviation through in-depth stories of Tarheel inventors, pilots, and exhibitionists. Full of information about early NC newspapers that covered flight events, Parramore's book is the perfect research tool for both teenagers and adults.

First in Flight: The Wright Brothers in North Carolina
Stephen Kirk

In First in Flight, Stephen Kirk gives a detailed account of the Wright Brothers' experience on the Outer Banks. In addition to telling the story of Wilbur and Orville, Kirk shares the contributions of many Kitty Hawk residents who helped the Wrights achieve their dream of flight.

Primary Materials from the North Carolina State Archives' Holdings

Reginald A. Fessendon Papers, 1887-1935

Governor's Papers, J. Melvill Broughton, 1941-1945

Division of Historical Resources Photograph Collection

Fiftieth Anniversary of Powered Flight Commission Papers