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

Wind, Sand, & Isolation

Wright Brothers National Memorial

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, September 18, 2021
1. Wind, Sand, and Isolation Marker
Inscription.  Wilbur and Orville Wright tested and proved their flight theories in Dayton, Ohio. To test actual flight, however, they needed a special location to experiment. Using US Weather Bureau statistics, they looked for a place that was windy, sandy, and out of the public eye. They found Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on the Outer Banks to be the right area to test their gliders.

We came down here for wind and sand, and we have got them.
Orville Wright to his sister, 1900

(captions)
Wind helped with lift.
Sand provided a soft landing.
The isolated location offered privacy from the public.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
 
Location. 36° 1.223′ N, 75° 40.079′ W. Marker is in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker can be reached from North Croatan Highway (U.S. 158) near Wright Memorial Drive, on the left when traveling north. Marker
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By Tom Bosse, September 18, 2021
2. Wind, Sand, and Isolation Marker
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is located within the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills NC 27948, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Field for Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); Four Powered Flights (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Away From Home (within shouting distance of this marker); First Flights: December 17th, 1903 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Camp (about 300 feet away); Commemoration (about 300 feet away); The First Successful Flight of an Airplane (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kill Devil Hills.
 
Also see . . .  Wright Brothers National Memorial. National Park Service (Submitted on September 26, 2021.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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