United States Wright Brothers National Memorial

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About This Spot

It was at this location that the Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville, experimented with wing designs and learned to fly; first with gliders then with the airplane they developed and built. They took their first successful flight here on December 17, 1903. The Wright Brothers National Memorial celebrates the success and amazing accomplishments of the two brothers. The Visitor Center tells the story and discusses flight in general. However, it is the outside displays that really illustrate the accomplishment. The small sheds where they lived and worked when at Kitty Hawk have been rebuilt. Rock markers show the distance and time of their first 4 flights. The launch rail helps illustrate how they managed the take-off. A large monument has been erected on the crest of the sand dune from which they launched their glider. Finally, a life size sculpture of the first flight, at the southern end of the Memorial, puts the whole picture together.

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