Here’s something a little bit different to do, and it’s an all day event.

August 19, that’s this coming Saturday, is National Aviation Day, which just happens to be Orville Wright’s 146th birthday.

Held at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills beginning at 9:00 a.m. there will be activities all day. To make it a bit easier to attend, the National Park Service is waiving entry fees for the day.

The schedule has something for everyone. The First Flight Society, who regularly works with the Wright Brothers Memorial and National Park Service, arranges for some flyovers, although they have not said who or what will be participating this year. 

There will also be some aircraft parked in the open field at the base of the Wright Brothers Monument. In the past the has included three or four helicopters and some vintage aircraft.

Kitty Hawk Kites will also be on hand with stunt kite demos, kite displays and kite making for kids. The kite making is really fun—it’s a sled kite—and they really fly.

Much of this is weather dependent, of course, because it is being held outside. However, one activity that could be the coolest of them all will be an indoor activity.

The NASA Langley Research Center is celebrating its 100th birthday. To tell the story of the first 100 years of one of the preeminent research facilities in the world, NASA has a traveling trailer that is filled with artifacts, 3D imagery and the latest in audiovisual technology.

The 19th is a Saturday, changeover day for many of our Outer Banks guests, but this could be a great last stop on the way out of town, or very different way to begin a vacation.