National Aviation Day

National Aviation Day is observed every August 19th since 1939.

August 19th, 2024 is the 85th Anniversary of NAD!

Celebrate National Aviation Day (NAD) at Dare County Regional Airport and Wright Brothers National Memorial on August 19th, 2024 from 10:00 AM 10:00 PM


Free Event!

National Aviation Day 2024

Honoring Orville and Katharine Wright

*Brought to you by the First Flight Society*

Dare County Airport (MQI) in Manteo and Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC

August 19th, 2024

Free Admission, free parking at both locations

10 AM- 10 PM Morning events are at the airport and afternoon/evening events at the park.

National Aviation Day 2023

Photos courtesy of Michael E Smith, FFS board member

    Make sure to use our hashtag when talking about the August 19th event on social media!


    Our 2024 Events

    Wilbur Wright Day April 16th (Celebrated on April 12th)

    National Aviation Day August 19th

    Wright Brothers Day December 17th

    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. Mr. Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued, and would live another nine years. 

    Interview with FFS President Mike Fonseca

    Can we count on you?

    Opportunities are now available to be an annual sponsor for the 2023-2024 season. The major events will be held on Saturday, August 19th, 2024 and December 17th, 2024.

    The mission of our events 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.

    Available sponsorship levels range from $1000 to a $10,000 level. Sponsor packages are based on the sponsor level. Sponsors are featured on the First Flight Society and event websites. Sponsors are featured at our two major events as well.

    Contact Mike Fonseca today for more information on sponsorships at (252) 441-1903 or

    Individuals Can be National Aviation Day Sponsors for as little as $100

    National Aviation Day is brought to you by the First Flight Society.