North Carolina Centennial of Flight
An unmanned balloon is released from Union Square to welcome James K. Polk.
Chapel Hill students celebrate Zachary Taylor's election with
a homemade paper balloon thirteen feet tall and eighteen feet in
Robert Henderson Roper of Washington County is the first American
to jump from a balloon in a parachute of his own making.
of Stokes County builds a dirigible.
The Wright Brothers
conduct the first powered, heavier-than-air flights in Kitty Hawk.
William Luther Paul
of Carteret County claims to fly his Bumble Bee
four to five feet
into the air.
June 21, 1913
of Granville County becomes first woman to jump from an airplane.
of Greensboro builds an airplane on the campus of present-day NC State University.
of Sampson County wins Double Transcontinental Aerial Derby
of Rockingham County becomes
first woman in North Carolina to learn how to fly an airplane.
of Pembroke County becomes
first Native American to graduate from U.S. Naval Academy.
starts the Wheeler Flying Service
in Raleigh, becoming the first African-American to establish and run a commercial
The Smithsonian Institute restores the original 1903 Wright Flyer.
For more information on North Carolina aviation, refer to
Thomas Parramore's First to Fly.