First Flight Airport

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First Flight Airport
Airport type Public
Owner U.S. National Park Service
Serves Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Location Wright Brothers National Memorial
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 36°01′06″N 075°40′17″W / 36.01833°N 75.67139°W / 36.01833; -75.67139Coordinates: 36°01′06″N 075°40′17″W / 36.01833°N 75.67139°W / 36.01833; -75.67139
FFA is located in North Carolina
Location of airport in North Carolina
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 3,000 914 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 38,120

First Flight Airport (IATA: FFAICAO: KFFAFAA LID: FFA) is a public use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) west of the central business district of Kill Devil Hills, a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States.[1] The airport is owned by the U.S. National Park Service.[1] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[2]

The airport itself is famous for being the site of hundreds of pre-flight gliding experiments carried out by the Wright brothers. The Wright Brothers National Memorial, located atop nearby Kill Devil Hill, is a 60-foot granite pylon paying homage to the Wright Brothers and the first sustained heavier-than-air flight.[3] The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission also chose the airport as one of the stops for the National Air Tour 2003.[4]


On December 17, 1903 the first successful powered heavier-than-air aircraft flight occurred here, conducted by the Wright brothers.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

First Flight Airport covers an area of 40 acres (16 ha) at an elevation of 13 feet (4 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 2/20 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 60 feet (914 x 18 m). For the 12-month period ending August 19, 2009, the airport had 38,120 aircraft operations, an average of 104 per day: 97% general aviation, 3% air taxi, and <1% military.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for FFA (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Wright Brothers National Memorial". U.S. National Park Service. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-19. 
  4. ^ "The National Park Service and the National Air Tour 2003 Announce Plans for Stop at Wright Brothers National Memorial". U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. 2003. Retrieved 2006-12-19. 

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