Next week, the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ successful powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., will be celebrated with several events at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The First Flight Society is hosting a public ceremony on Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, with a band concert, a flyover of military and civilian aircraft, and various speeches and tributes. The Society also is hosting a dinner on Monday night and a luncheon on Tuesday, which are open to the public, but reservations are required. The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum also recently published a 3-D version of the original Wright Flyer online.
The anniversary also was commemorated by Shinola, a new Detroit-based company that creates handcrafted products with modern designs. In honor of the Wrights, the company has announced this week a new limited-edition watch and a customized bicycle that honor the Wrights’ legacy. The products were introduced at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, home of the Wright brothers’ bike shop.