On Dec. 17 at 9 a.m., Wright Brothers National Memorial and the First Flight Society will celebrate the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright on the 118th anniversary of their first heavier-than-air, controlled, powered flight.
Park entrance fees are waived on this special day.
She later became a professor of physics at the University of California San Diego and director of the California Space Institute.
A tireless advocate for equity in science education, Dr. Ride co-founded Sally Ride Science in 2001 to inspire girls and boys of all backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Ride passed away in July 2012.
The anniversary event includes the following speakers:
- David Hallac, superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina
- D. Reid Wilson, secretary, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
- Mike Fonseca, president, First Flight Society
- Paul Wright Jameson, Wright brothers’ descendant
- David McGowan, chief engineer, NASA Langley Research Center
- Morgan Appel, assistant dean for education and community outreach, Sally Ride Science at University of California San Diego
- Elizabeth Hudick, supervisory park ranger, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
- Darrell Collins, historian