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NPS Celebrates Wright Brothers Flight

NPS Celebrates Wright Brothers Flight

In commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903, Gateway National Recreat­ion Area’s Floyd Bennett Field will be the site of a weekend-long celebration beginning Friday, October 10, and lasting until Monday, October 13.

The National Park Service has ann­ounced that the celebration will in­clude tours and programs on early flight, including the Wright Brothers, and developments in New York, and Floyd Bennett’s Field’s historically significant role in the development of aviation and airplane technology.

Also included will be exhibits from the Gateway NRA collection displayed in the Ryan Visitor Center, and tours of the historic aircraft in Hangar B.

The schedule of events is as follows: Friday, October 10, 10 a.m., 30-minute Ranger talk on "The Wright Brothers and the First Flight," at Hangar B; 1 p.m., a 30-minute Ranger talk on "Early Aviation in New York State," Ryan Visitor Center.

Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP) Open House, tours of Floyd Bennett field’s aircraft and restoration facility.

Sunday, October 12, 10 a.m., 1-hour Ranger talk and tour on "Floyd Bennett Field – the Municipal Air­port," Ryan Visitor Center; 1 p.m., 1-hour Ranger talk and tour on "Naval Air Station – New York Floyd Bennett Field During WWII," Hangar B.

Sunday, October 13, 10 a.m., 1-hour Ranger talk and tour on "Aviation Sites in the National Park System," Ryan Visitor Center; 1 p.m., 1-hour talk and tour on "Flying Boats," Hangar B.

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