First Flight Day & Wings Awards
On January 12, 1911, Roland Garros of the Moisant International Aviators performed the first powered flight in Fort Worth in a Bleriot XI, “The Statue of Liberty.”
The flight occurred at the Fort Worth Driving Park, and 17,000 people were on hand to witness the event. The Driving Park was located in an area that is now occupied by the parking lot behind Montgomery Plaza on West 7th Street. A Texas Historical Marker commemorating the event was dedicated in 2014.
The Wings Award is a recognition for people or organizations that have made a significant contribution to saving or promoting our North Texas Aviation Heritage.
With our First Flight programming, we are honored to have the Commemorative Air Force’s WASP Squadron, AT-6 Texan “Nella” and Elaine Webb speak about the fascinating WASP story and Nella’s restoration.
201 American Concourse, Meacham Airport Conference Room, 3rd Floor