The centennial celebration of Orville Wright's historic, world record glider flight on October 24, 1911 of 9 minutes and 45 seconds heralding the arrival of modern soaring. Exciting activities are planned at Jockey's Ridge State Park and Wright Brothers National Memorial October 21 through 24, 2011.
Dubbed Soaring 100, respondents to initial releases indicate numerous organizations from around the world will participate. Visitors can expect to enjoy a sailplane fly-in, vintage and modern glider displays, educational and entertaining symposiums, with special demonstrations and activities planned at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. Three production 1911 gliders, built especially for the occasion by teams from Kansas, Maryland, and Virginia are expected to fly at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Receptions and a gala banquet and dance are also planned.
Almost a century ago, on October 24, 1911, Orville Wright soared for 9 minutes and 45 seconds in Kitty Hawk, a record that held for almost 10 years, and started the sport and science of modern soaring as we know it today. To celebrate Orville’s accomplishment and acknowledge his last experiments on the Outer Banks, the First Flight Foundation is teaming up with the Soaring Society of America, US Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association, National Soaring Museum and Vintage Sailplane Association for an international celebration called SOARING100. Host sites are Wright Brothers National Memorial and Jockey’s Ridge State Park.