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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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceNotable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is December 17, 1903.
 
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 Memorial Road west of Croatan Highway, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kill Devil Hills NC 27948, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Four Powered Flights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, September 18, 2021
2. Four Powered Flights Marker
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this page online
of this marker. Field for Flight (here, next to this marker); The First Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); Wind, Sand, & Isolation (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Away From Home (within shouting distance of this marker); First Flights: December 17th, 1903 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); Commemoration (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Successful Flight of an Airplane (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map 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 . . .  Wright Brothers National Memorial. National Park Service (Submitted on September 26, 2021.) 
 
End of 1st Flight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
3. End of 1st Flight Marker
Time: 12 seconds
Distance: 120 feet
Dec. 17, 1903
Pilot: Orville
End of 2nd Flight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. Four Powered Flights Marker
with numbered markers in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,369 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on July 5, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on July 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 26, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   9. submitted on June 13, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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