Frequently Asked Questions

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How did they decide who would fly first?

Though Orville made the first successful flight on December 17, 1903, Wilbur had actually won the coin toss on December 14 for who would get to make the first attempt to fly. However, Wilbur's attempt to fly on the 14th was unsuccessful, so when they were ready to try again on December 17, it was Orville's turn.
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How tall is the hill where the monument stands?

Big Kill Devil Hill is a 90-foot stabilized sand dune. It was the site of many of Wilbur and Orville's gliding experiments from 1900 to 1902.

Last updated: November 23, 2020

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