Stand Where the First Flight Occurred

Wright Brothers National Memorial 

The iconic first flight with Wilbur standing and Orville piloting the 1903 Wright Flyer.
The First Flight

Library of Congress, Wright Brothers Collection

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.

Today, you can stand where the Wright brothers worked, took flight, and landed. You can also climb Big Kill Devil Hill, one of the four dunes the brothers used in the preceeding years for their glider experiments.

Last updated: March 30, 2015