• The iconic first flight of the Wright brothers in their 1903 Wright Flyer

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

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The story of Orville and Wilbur Wright involves much more than the two brothers. They came from a large and supportive family, they were inspired by others working on flying machines at the time, and they had the help of the local Outer Banks residents during their experiments and actual flights. Orville and Wilbur’s history is not complete without the stories of all the others whose lives touched theirs.

Did You Know?

Orville Wright at Kill Devil Hill in 1911.

On October 24, 1911, at Kitty Hawk, NC, Orville Wright established a new world soaring record in a 50 mile-per-hour wind of nine minutes and forty-five seconds. This remained a world’s record for 10 years.