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

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

Places To Go

The Wright Brothers Visitor Center

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The Wright Brothers Visitor Center

Exhibits and artifacts on the Wright brothers’ background and the development of their flying machines are on display. A replica of the 1903 Flyer as well as the Wright Brothers Bookstore operated by Eastern National are at the visitor center.

The Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine was established in 1966 by the First Flight Society, honors individuals and groups that have achieved significant firsts in the development of aviation.

A replica of the Wright brothers' hangar

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Living Quarters and Hangar

A two minute stroll from the visitor center, the living quarters and hangar are reconstructed at the original locations. The living quarters is furnished with items similar to those that the Wrights used from 1900 to 1903 and the hangar replicates the building where the Wrights stored their 1903 Flyer.

 
An image of the flightline showing granite markers where the first flights landed.

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Flight Line

Located just west of the reconstructed camp buildings, a large granite boulder commemorates the take-off point for the first successful powered, controlled-flights by the Wright brothers. Four smaller stone markers chart the path of the flights.

 

Did You Know?

Six Blue Angles jets flying over the monument on top of Kill Devil Hill.

Although the town of Kitty Hawk is always associated with the exploits of the Wright brothers, most of their flying experiments took place about 4 miles to the south on the sands of Kill Devil Hills. The town of Kill Devil Hills, where the memorial is located, was incorporated in 1953.