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

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina


The first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine were made here by Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903.

  • Kill Devil Hill Monument National Memorial established - March 2, 1927.
  • A 60-foot granite monument perched atop 90-foot tall Kill Devil Hill dedicated in 1932 to commemorating the achievement of two visionaries from Dayton, Ohio.
  • Site transferred from the War Department - August 10, 1933.
  • Designations as Wright Brothers National Memorial - December 1, 1953.

Did You Know?

Big Kill Devil Hill ca1900 (credit:Library of Congress)

Big Kill Devil Hill actually moved 450 feet to the southwest during the 25 years from the Wrights' first flight in 1903 until 1928, when the park was established.