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

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

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Though the Wright brothers were from Dayton, OH and did much of their inventing and research there, it was the Outer Banks that met their criteria for privacy, steady winds, and wide-open non-vegetated spaces. It was here, in this sparsely populated area known at the time as Kitty Hawk with its massive dunes that they setup camp so as to have the freedom to experiment with and perfect their machines until they achieved success.

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.