National Aviation Day is celebrated on August 19th. The First Flight Society National Aviation Day Celebration is normally held at Dare County Regional Airport. The event runs from 10AM-3PM and consists of Airplane Displays, Exhibitors, and Food Trucks.

36 U.S. Code § 118 – National Aviation Day

The President may issue each year a proclamation—
designating August 19 as National Aviation Day;

calling on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on National Aviation Day; and

inviting the people of the United States to observe National Aviation Day with appropriate exercises to further stimulate interest in aviation in the United States.

(Pub. L. 105–225Aug. 12, 1998112 Stat. 1258.)

National Aviation Day is an event celebrated by

the First Flight Society

Photo by John T. Daniels
Photo by John T. Daniels

First Flight Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization devoted to fostering and promoting a public awareness of and wide-spread interest in the origin, history and future of flight, in all its forms and to memorialize Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Our Mission:

We tell the story of the Wright Brothers through community events, education, and the commemoration of the world’s very first powered flight, in Kitty Hawk, NC.

Our Vision: 

One day people everywhere will be inspired by the dauntless resolution and tireless work of the Wright Brothers.

Core Values:

Guiding Principal – We embrace the best traditions of the Wright Family – their dauntless resolution, tireless work and courage – in everything we do.

Passion for Flight – We are excited and inspired by all things aeronautical.

Trust – We earn the trust of our members, donors and partners through open communication, honesty and accountability.

Respect – We treat everyone with dignity, compassion and integrity.

Partnerships – We collaborate with others to get things done.

First Flight Society is a partner with the National Park Service at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The First Flight Society and Wright Brothers National Memorial share in our missions and purpose resulting in the benefit of a partnership that has endured since the Wright Brothers National Memorial became a part of the National Park System in 1933.

Celebrating the 12 Seconds that Changed the World!

Today, First Flight Society still serves its founding mission – and much more. Membership, programs, educational outreach, publications and scholarships were added over the years.

Dare County Regional Airport