Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet 2023

December 8, 2023 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Join or renew your EAA membership and receive discounted admission to special events, including EAA AirVenture, all year.

Join us for the EAA Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet, where you’ll experience a once-in-a-lifetime evening.

The EAA Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet honors the spirit and achievements of Wilbur and Orville Wright. This annual banquet provides a memorable experience that will have you returning year after year.

Listen to an inspiring presentation given by a special keynote speaker who shares with us their story of adventure, camaraderie, and flight. Enjoy cocktails and a full-service dinner inside the EAA Aviation Museum’s Eagle Hangar, a hall dedicated to the memory of those who served valiantly.

Mike and Mark Patey are identical twins with the same passion for flight and innovation. From multiple world speed records to numerous aircraft builds (including Scrappy, a bushplane featuring Mike’s own transforming airfoil, solar panel-covered wings, dynamic controllable suspension, and two eBike motorcycles attached under each wing), they are right at home here at EAA. Mark and Mike Patey have set a number of records, including an epic flight where, flying homebuilt Lancair Legacys, they started out together on the west coast, then split up to break the world transcontinental speed record for both the northern and southern routes on the same day. We are thrilled to have the Patey family as our Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet speakers.

Evening Program

Doors open at 5 p.m.

Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.

Featured speaker begins their presentation immediately following dinner.

Suggested Attire

Guests are welcome to dress in business casual or cocktail party attire.


Vehicle parking is available in the EAA Aviation Museum parking lot.


All guests must enter through the main EAA Aviation Museum entrance.

EAA Wright Brothers Banquet 2023
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