• 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?

First passenger flight 1908, credit: Library of Congress

The world’s first passenger flight took place at Kitty Hawk on May 14, 1908. Wilbur Wright flew the plane and Charles Furnas, a mechanic, was the passenger. Orville and Furnas then made a flight together of over 2 miles.