First Flight Vodka started as an idea to honor the history of aviation and slowly evolved into a great RED bottle of some of the best distilled vodka money can buy.

First Flight Vodka began the process of production in North Carolina back in 2012 with a vision of one day providing a small batch craft product fermented with Midwest corn and distilled 6 times to finish with a final filtering run through a process using sand straight from the beaches of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The very place where the Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville, had their historical First Flight on December 17th 1903.

Now history books don’t actually confirm it, but here at Kitty Hawk Stills, llc, we would like to think that after that most memorable First Flight, the Wright Brothers could have possibly celebrated the event with a distilled spirit…maybe handcrafted vodka!


Wes Shepherd of Greenville, NC with a passion for aviation and fine distilled spirits dreamed up the idea of crafting small batches of premium vodka years back.  As time went by “the stars aligned” and an opportunity to make his idea materialize into reality presented itself.  After years of planning, permitting, and a lot of trial and error, the reality of having a quality vodka product in hand happened.  With a great spirit, a little luck, and much determination, we hope that First Flight Vodka will take off and soar to a store near you…