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Kill Devil Hills in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The First Flight

 
 
The First Flight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
1. The First Flight Marker
Inscription. "The flight lasted only 12 seconds, but nevertheless the first in the history of the world in which a machine carrying a man had raised itself by its own power into full flight, had sailed forward without reduction of speed, and had finally landed at a point as high as that from which it had started."
Orville Wright, 1903

The first flight, December 17, 1903, 10:35 a.m., 120 feet in 12 seconds. Orville Wright is at the controls, lying prone on the lower wing.

Running alongside to balance the machine on the monorail, Wilbur Wright has just released his hold of the right wing.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Wright Brothers National Memorial.
 
Location. 36° 1.179′ N, 75° 40.126′ W. Marker is in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker can be reached from Wright Brothers National Monument Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kill Devil Hills NC 27948, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kill Devil Hills (here, next to this marker); The First Successful Flight of an Airplane (a few steps from this marker); The Camp (within shouting
The First Flight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
2. The First Flight Marker
In the background can be seen the commemorative granite boulder and replica monorail marking the lift-off point of four flights on December 17, 1903.
distance of this marker); a different marker also named The First Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); Four Powered Flights (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Field for Flight (about 300 feet away); The 1901 Glider (about 300 feet away); The 1902 Glider (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Kill Devil Hills.
 
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The First Flight Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By R.D. Stroud, June 3, 2010
3. The First Flight Sculpture
"...To honor the memory of Orville and Wilber Wright and the citizens of North Carolina who welcomed and assisted them. ..."
The First Flight Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By R.D. Stroud, June 3, 2010
4. The First Flight Sculpture
The First Flight Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By R.D. Stroud, June 3, 2010
5. The First Flight Sculpture
Stephen H. Smith, Sculptor
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,108 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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