Blast from the Past: First in Flight

North Carolina was admitted into the union on November 21, 1789.  That’s 225 years ago this week! In order to celebrate our 225th birthday in the union our blog is dedicated to our North Carolina pride all week long. We’re going to start this week off with one of our most proud accomplishments: “First in Flight”.

Wilbur and Orville Wright were the first humans to sail through the sky. In 1903, they built the world’s first plane and it launched in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Although the brothers where born in Ohio, North Carolina takes a lot of pride in being the location of this historic flight. In Kitty Hawk, there is a memorial honoring and celebrating this achievement that is visited by tourists and locals alike. Bumper stickers all over the state are emblazoned with the phrase “First in Flight”.


Aside from bumper stickers, we see the plane symbol everywhere: on our license plates, the back of the North Carolina state quarter, and even as the hologram on the NC identification card. Semiotics allows us to identify with the plane as being a proud North Carolinian. The plane symbolizes our achievements and successes as a state, and helps create the brand that North Carolina has developed over the past 225 years.

What do you consider to be North Carolina’s brand?

– Margaret Cafasso, Kierstin Geary, Connor Gold, Olivia Sadler, Hannah Zeskind