Kill Devil Hills in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Conquest of the Air
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
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. Touch for directions.
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 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 marker mentioned on this marker.
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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 1,522 times since then and 31 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.