Don’t miss Darrell Collins, Keynote Speaker, Saturday 1:30-2:30

A Legacy of Greatness: The Miracle at Kitty Hawk.

Aviation’s raconteur who, in the world of storytellers and in the world of Wright Brothers history, is a dazzling celebrity. You won’t want to miss this one.

Darrell Collins is a native of the North Carolina’s Outer Banks and resides in Manteo, on Roanoke Island. He’s a graduate of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and holds a B. S. degree in Geology, Minor in History.

Darrell recently retired from the National Park Service after 38 years in the division of interpretation and education spending the majority of his time at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, where he served as the Historian. He served with NASA in a series of educational programs promoting aviation and the Wright brothers to young children. In 1990 he was selected as the National Park Service top Interpretative Ranger for the Freeman Tilden Award. He was selected by the Department of the Interior to represent the National Park Service for the “Park Ranger Tour Program”, an outreach program for children in major U. S. cities. In 2003 the centennial year of the world’s first flight at Kitty Hawk he represented the National Park Service nationally and internationally promoting the 100th Anniversary of that great milestone in human history. For the past twenty-seven years he has been on the aviation/aerospace lecture circuit.

The Governor awarded him the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” the highest civilian recognition given by the State of North Carolina for his outstanding and dedicated service to Wright Brothers National Memorial. He was also presented with an international award, the Paul Tissandier Diploma, by the National Aeronautic Association for his career of service to aeronautics and the preservation of aviation history.