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First Flight Airport at Wright Brothers Memorial

The Closest Airport to Kitty Hawk, NC

KFFA – First Flight Airport at Wright Brothers Memorial

Chances are, you’ve heard of the Wright brothers’ famous first flight near Kitty Hawk, NC, but did you know that a public airstrip now stands near the site where Wilbur and Orville Wright conducted their pre-flight experiments more than a century ago?

Owned and maintained by the U.S. National Park Service, First Flight Airport spans roughly 40 acres and features an airstrip measuring 3,000 by 60 feet, providing charter pilots and owner-operated aircraft a place to touch-down and take-off near Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, two of the Outer Banks’ most popular destinations. If you prefer to be picked up – or dropped off – at First Flight Airport, just let us know – we’re happy to accommodate you.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

While you’re here, be sure to check out The Wright Brothers National Monument, a 60-foot granite pylon commemorating the world’s first successful, sustained flight in a heavier-than-air machine in 1903. The monument is perched atop Kill Devil Hill, a great place to take in the views of the surrounding area.


Dare County Regional Airport

Covering 340 acres and featuring two runways, Dare County Regional Airport (MQI) in Manteo, NC is the largest airport on the Outer Banks. The airport is sometimes referred to as Manteo Airport. Its location is adjacent to the North Carolina Aquarium. Taxi service and rental cars are available, and Outer Banks Airlines can help you coordinate rentals if needed.

Billy Mitchell Airport

Billy Mitchell Airport is the second most remote airport on the Outer Banks. The airstrip is located in Frisco, NC in the heart of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The airport is named after a local (you guessed it, Billy Mitchell) who was pilot in World War 1. It’s managed by the National Park Service and the NC Department of Aviation and has limited facilities.

Ocracoke Island Airport

If you’re visiting Ocracoke Island, there’s no quicker way to reach your destination than by flying with Outer Banks Airlines. Just say the word, and we can fly you to the Ocracoke Island Airport, helping you avoid beach traffic and the ferry required to reach this beautiful, albeit remote island.

Pine Island Airport

Pine Island Airport is no longer available, effective December 2019.


Currituck County Regional Airport

While not on the Outer Banks, Currituck County Regional Airport is a great choice if you are flying in on a larger aircraft, arriving after dark or visiting Knotts Island.  The ferry to Knotts Island is only about 10-minute drive and you can reach the H2OBX waterpark in under 30 minutes.