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

Getting Off the Ground

Wright Brothers National Memorial

 
 
Getting Off the Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 19, 2017
1. Getting Off the Ground Marker
Inscription.
After four years of scientific research and rigorous experimentation, and with their 1903 Flyer on the rail, the Wrights are set to fly. In unison, they each pull down on a propeller. The engine roars to life and the propellers whip through the air; only a restraining wire keeps the flyer in place. Orville climbs onto the machine and positions himself into the hip-cradle. He releases the restraining wire and the machine slowly moves forward. Wilbur runs alongside to steady the machine. After traveling 40 feet down the rail, the flyer lifts into the air, launching the Age of Flight.

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The Launch Rail & Dolly
The soft sand was not a good "runway.” The brothers built a 60-foot wooden rail with metal stripping to provide a hard and smooth surface for takeoff. A dolly of wood and bicycle hubs was placed on the rail to hold the flyer above the sand as it accelerated forward to liftoff.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 1.182′ N, 75° 40.128′ W. Marker is in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker can be reached from Wright Memorial west of North Croatan Highway (U.S. 158), on the right when traveling
Getting Off the Ground Marker (<i>wide view; First Flight Monument in background, right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 19, 2017
2. Getting Off the Ground Marker (wide view; First Flight Monument in background, right)
Launch rail is visible above the marker, running in the direction of the First Flight Monument.
west. Touch for map. Marker is located within the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park, overlooking the site of Orville & Wilber's first successful powered flight. 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. Kill Devil Hills (here, next to this marker); The First Flight (here, next to this marker); The First Successful Flight of an Airplane (a few steps from this marker); Commemoration (a few steps from this marker); First Flights: December 17th, 1903 (a few steps from this marker); The Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The First Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); Four Powered Flights (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kill Devil Hills.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMan-Made Features
 
Launch Rail (<i>visible running past First Flight Memorial - the point of take-off</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 19, 2017
3. Launch Rail (visible running past First Flight Memorial - the point of take-off)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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