Kill Devil Hills in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Four Powered Flights
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.
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 Brothers National Monument Road. 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. Field for Flight (here, next to this marker); The First Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); The Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Successful Flight of an Airplane Kill Devil Hills (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The First Flight (about 300 feet away); The 1901 Glider (about 500 feet away); The 1902 Glider (about 500 feet away). 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 . . . Old Photos. The Wright Brothers and other photos of their flying efforts. (Submitted on August 12, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,188 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on July 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 8. submitted on June 13, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.