Arago: First Flight of Wright Brothers Centennial Issue

First Flight of Wright Brothers Centennial Issue

The Postal Service issued a 37-cent First Flight commemorative stamp in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) souvenir sheet of ten stamps on May 22, 2003, in Dayton, Ohio, and Kill Devil Hills, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The stamp, was designed and illustrated by McRay Magleby.

This issue commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first controlled, powered, and sustained flight in a heavier-than-air flying machine. At Kill Devil Hills on December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright successfully tested a flyer with a four-cylinder engine. During the first flight, the craft was airborne only for an estimated twelve seconds and traveled only 120 feet, but three even more successful flights followed later that day, the remarkable prelude to a century that would see the world forever changed by air travel.

The stamp was printed in gravure process. Avery Dennison (AVR) located in Clinton, South Carolina, printed 85 million stamps.


Postal Bulletin (April 17, 2003).

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