They Taught the World to Fly!

Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of scientific experimentation, they achieved the first successful airplane flights on December 17, 1903.

With courage and perseverance, these self-taught engineers relied on teamwork and application of the scientific process. What they achieved changed our world forever.


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Every Kid in a Park

Fourth-graders and their families can discover federal lands—national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and more—for free!

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Let's Be Social

Connect with the place where the Wright brothers made history, whether here walking the grounds or back home. Join the conversation today!

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Wright Brothers National Memorial needs you! Explore how you can volunteer at this historic place.

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Civil War to Civil Rights Trading Cards

Discover three of the more than 500 stories about America’s journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights.

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