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.

Wright Brothers Monument

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Early bi-wing airplane taking off in a field of sand

Celebrating First Flight

Watch videos from our Virtual First Flight Celebration on December 17, 2020.

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Large boulder marking the first flight's take off spot

Places to Go

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Virtual Learning

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Information on Accessibility at Wright Brothers National Memorial

Last updated: May 25, 2021

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Mailing Address:

Wright Brothers National Memorial
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954


(252) 473-2111

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