Renowned National Park Service historian describes challenges, triumphs of Wrights

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (October 29, 2014) — One of the nation’s foremost authorities on the Wright brothers and their effort to perfect powered flight will highlight the evening as EAA commemorates the birthday of powered flight at the annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Friday, December 12, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

The annual EAA gala commemorates the 111th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first successful powered flight on Dec. 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, N.C. Over the past decade, the EAA banquet has featured some of the most impressive speakers in the aviation world. Advance tickets for the event are $50 per person for EAA members or $60 per person for nonmembers and include the reception, full-service dinner and evening program. Tickets are available through the AirVenture Museum secure website at or by calling 920-426-6880.

Darrell Collins, a National Park Service historian from Kitty Hawk who has spent his career researching and describing the Wright brothers’ struggles to perfect their flying machine, is the evening’s featured speaker. Collins, who has captivated audiences during his EAA AirVenture Oshkosh presentations for more than a decade, is regarded as among the top Wright brothers historians in the world. Collins is more than a historian who has studied the Wrights from afar; he is an Outer Banks native whose family ties to the region go back for more than 150 years.

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