Sixth Anniversary of 1st Drone Delivery
Flirtey just celebrated the sixth anniversary of its July 17, 2015 ‘Kitty Hawk Moment’ – the first Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone delivery in American aviation history
A historical marker memorializing this milestone was created by the Virginia Department of Aviation and unveiled by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner. The marker reads, “On this site in Wise County, Flirtey Inc. successfully conducted the first Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone delivery in American aviation history on July 17, 2015. The drone took to the air from Lonesome Pine Airport and delivered medicine to the Remote Area Medical Clinic at the Virginia-Kentucky District Fairgrounds near Wise. This drone delivery represented the “Kitty Hawk moment” for the unmanned aerial vehicle industry. In recognition of this historic aviation milestone, the Flirtey Inc. aircraft landed a spot at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.'”
The Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine reported, “It had the FAA’s blessing to fly. And that made it the first official drone package delivery in this country.” The Flirtey delivery drone that conducted this historic flight will be going on display in the future ‘Thomas W. Haas We All Fly Gallery’ at the Smithsonian. The museum, which houses one of the greatest collections of aircraft anywhere, also displays the Wright Brothers’ Wright Flyer that made the first official flight of a powered heavier-than-air flying machine.
Flirtey announced that it has completed the technology to certify its best-in-class drone delivery system for last-mile delivery. Flirtey has more than 1,000 patent claims across a portfolio of granted and provisional patents, and is expanding U.S. production of its technology and taking pre-orders for drone delivery systems.
U.S. Senator Mark Warner; Retired Clerk of Court of Wise County and Norton City and former Virginia Aviation Board member Jack Kennedy; Flirtey Executive Assistant, Andi Sweeny; Flirtey Founder and CEO, Matthew Sweeny; Virginia Delegate Terry Kilgore in front of the Virginia Department of Aviation historical marker.