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

The Conquest of the Air

 
 
The Conquest of the Air Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
1. The Conquest of the Air Marker
Inscription.
In commemoration of the conquest of the air…
Excerpt from the inscription on the monument atop Big Kill Devil Hill

From its establishment as a national monument in 1927 to the First Flight Centennial of 2003, the local people of the Outer Banks have shown “dauntless resolution and unconquerable faith” in honoring and recognizing the first flight of the Wright brothers.

The Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association, later to become the First Flight Society, took the lead in organizing the 25th-anniversary celebration held in 1928.

The event featured the unveiling of the first flight marker and the laying of the cornerstone for the monument – two of the most prominent features at Wright Brothers National Memorial. For the first time, the location of the first flight received as much attention as the flight itself. Orville Wright, Amelia Earhart, and more than 3,000 people from the area participated in the event. Ironically, to attend they traveled by almost every means but air.

Over the year local citizens, the First Flight Society, and people from all over the state of North Carolina have continued to proved the grass roots support necessary to host annual commemorative events. With their help, the reconstructed camp buildings were opened during
"A hospitable people..." and "The Conquest of the Air" Markers image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
2. "A hospitable people..." and "The Conquest of the Air" Markers
The "A hospitable people..." marker is on the left; and "The conquest of the Air" marker is on the right. The Wright Brothers National Monument can be seen in the distance.
the 50th-anniversary celebration. The First Flight Airstrip opened during the 60th anniversary and the “First Flight” sculpture, a gift from the people of North Carolina, was dedicated during the 100th anniversary celebration.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Wright Brothers National Memorial.
 
Location. 36° 0.726′ N, 75° 40.056′ W. Marker is in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker is on Wright Brothers National Monument Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch 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. 12 Seconds that Changed the World (here, next to this marker); A hospitable people... (here, next to this marker); Wright Brothers National Memorial (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dare County's Tribute to Veterans (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monument to the Impossible (approx. ¼ mile away); Pitch, Roll and Yaw (approx. ¼ mile away); Big Kill Devil Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); Experiments (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kill Devil Hills.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The First Flight
Main picture on the Conquest of the Air Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
3. Main picture on the Conquest of the Air Marker
Orville Wright, U.S. Senator Hiram Bingham, and Amelia Earhart attend the unveiling of the first flight marker, December 17, 1928.
marker mentioned on this marker.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceNotable EventsNotable Persons
 
Pictures of the 25th and 100th Anniversary of the First Flight image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
4. Pictures of the 25th and 100th Anniversary of the First Flight
At the 25th-anniversary celebration, more than 3,000 people, from the area, attended the laying of the cornerstone for the monument.
More than 120,000 people, from all over the world, attended the six-day 2003 Centennial celebration that included an attempt to reenact the first flight.
Wright Brothers National Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 19, 2008
5. Wright Brothers National Memorial
The cornerstone for this monument was layed on 1928 at the 25th-anniversary First Flight celebration held in 1928.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,432 times since then and 73 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week August 17, 2008. Photos:   1. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   5. submitted on August 18, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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