• 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?

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.