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

Four Powered Flights

 
 
Four Powered Flights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
1. Four Powered Flights Marker
Inscription. The Wright brothers made four successful sustained powered flights the morning of December 17, 1903. The commemorative granite boulder and replica monorail mark the lift-off point of those four flights, the numbered markers the terminating point.

Since soft sand prohibited launching with conventional wheels, the Wright Flyer was placed on a 60-foot monorail with its landing skids resting on a wheeled truck.

Once the engine started, the Flyer was released and slid down the rail until it gained enough speed to lift into the air.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Wright Brothers National Memorial.
 
Location. 36° 1.212′ N, 75° 40.091′ 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. Field for Flight (here, next to this marker); The First Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); The Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Successful Flight of an Airplane
End of 1st Flight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
2. End of 1st Flight Marker
Time: 12 seconds
Distance: 120 feet
Dec. 17, 1903
Pilot: Orville
(within shouting distance of this marker); Kill Devil Hills (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The First Flight (about 300 feet away); The 1901 Glider (about 500 feet away); The 1902 Glider (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Kill Devil Hills.
 
More about this marker. Along the bottom of the marker is a drawing identifying the Lift-off point, the length of the first flight (12 seconds, 120 feet), the length of the second flight (12 seconds, 175 feet), the length of the third flight (15 seconds, 200 feet), and the length of the fourth flight (59 seconds, 852 feet).
 
Also see . . .  Old Photos. The Wright Brothers and other photos of their flying efforts. (Submitted on August 12, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceNotable Events
 
End of 2nd Flight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
3. End of 2nd Flight Marker
Time: About 12 seconds
Distance: About 175 feet
Dec. 17, 1903
Pilot: Wilbur
End of 3rd Flight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
4. End of 3rd Flight Marker
Time: 15 seconds
Distance: About 200 feet
Dec. 17, 1903
Pilot: Orville
End of 4th Flight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
5. End of 4th Flight Marker
Time: 59 seconds
Distance: 852 feet
Dec. 17, 1903
Pilot: Wilbur
The numbered markers image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
6. The numbered markers
View is from the commemorative boulder looking roughly northward. The fourth flight marker can barely be seen in the far center of the picture.
The numbered markers image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
7. The numbered markers
View is looking looking roughly southward, toward the commemorative boulder and the Wright Brothers National Monument from the fourth flight marker.
Four Powered Flights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, June 13, 2010
8. Four Powered Flights Marker
with numbered markers in the background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,154 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   8. submitted on , by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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