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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kill Devil Hills
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina and Vicinity
▶ Dare County (85) ▶ Currituck County (39) ▶ Hyde County (12) ▶ Tyrrell County (5)
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|After more than four years of hard work and experimentation, it only took the Wright brothers 12 seconds to change the world. On December 17, 1903, at 10:35, Orville Wright made the world’s first controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight. . . . — — Map (db m10181) HM|
| If you decide to try your machine here...you will find a hospitable people...
William J. Tate, Kitty Hawk Postmaster, in a letter to Wilbur Wright dated August 18, 1900
Wilbur and Orville Wright accepted Tate’s . . . — — Map (db m10183) HM|
|Before construction of the memorial could begin, it would be necessary to stabilize the dune from which the Wright Brothers conducted their glider experiments. Twenty-five years of steady winds had moved Big Kill Devil Hill 450 feet southwest of its . . . — — Map (db m9768) HM|
When the Wright brothers were here, Big Kill Devil Hill—the hill in front of you—was a massive sand dune. Thousands of times, the brothers trekked up this and three nearby dunes to conduct glider experiments.
Climbing the hill . . . — — Map (db m114493) HM|
On December 17th, 1928, only 25 years after the Wrights achieved flight, three thousand people from over forty nations gathered at this remote place to celebrate the global importance of the birth of flight.
The National Aeronautic . . . — — Map (db m114485) HM|
“By your courage in tribulation, by your cheerfulness before the dirty devices of this world, you have won the love of those who have watched you.”
- Guy Chapman
Dedicated: November 11, 1991.
[Left . . . — — Map (db m9631) WM|
|On the slope of Kill Devil Hill to the left, the Wright brothers experimented with gliders in the period 1900 - 1903.
Here also Wilbur Wright failed in an attempted power-driven flihgt, December 14, 1903. After just 3½ seconds in the air the . . . — — Map (db m10179) HM|
|"Isn't it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so that we could discover them!!"
Orville Wright, June 7, 1903 — — Map (db m9770) HM|
On this cold and windy morning, the Wrights achieved the world’s first controlled flights. Here, they realized not only their own dream—but also one of humanity’s oldest dreams—to fly!
The boulder and numbered markers on the . . . — — Map (db m114482) HM|
|The Wright brothers made four successful sustained powered flights the morning of December 17, 1903. The commemorative granite boulder and replica monorail mark the lift-off point of those four flights, the numbered markers the terminating point. . . . — — Map (db m136217) HM|
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 . . . — — Map (db m114489) HM|
|"...the sand fairly blinds us. It blows across the ground in clouds. We certainly can't complain of the place. We came down here for wind and sand, and we got them."
Letter from Orville Wright to Katharine Wright, October 18, . . . — — Map (db m10146) HM|
| . . . — — Map (db m9595) HM|
| The Best Design
Design competition among 35 entrants was won by Rogers and Poor, a New York Architectural firm.
The 60-foot tower, similar to those used to mark courses in air races, embellished with wings on its side and a five-point . . . — — Map (db m9715) HM|
|At the turn of the century, this large hill and the three hills surrounding it were known as the Kill Devil Hills. Wilbur and Orville Wright performed thousands of experimental glider flights here between 1900 and 1903. The culminatino of those . . . — — Map (db m9767) HM|
|"Our first experiments were rather disappointing. The machine ... at times seemed to be entirely beyond control."
Orville Wright in a letter to his sister Katharine, July 28, 1901
The 1901 experiments at Kill Devil Hills . . . — — Map (db m10149) HM|
|"Our new machine is a very great improvement over anything we had built before and over anything any one has built."
Letter from Wilbur Wright to his father, October 2, 1902
The Wrights' experiments with the successful . . . — — Map (db m10150) HM|
|"A couple of small boys, who had come with the men from the station, made a hurried departure over the hill for home on hearing the engine start."
Orville Wright, diary D. December 14, 1903
Determined to achieve powered . . . — — Map (db m10151) HM|
|"We intend to be comfortable while we are here."
Wilbur Wright, November 23, 1903
These replica buildings mark the location of the Wright brothers' hangar (left) and living quarters (right) of their 1903 Kill Devil Hills Camp. They also . . . — — Map (db m32120) HM|
| 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 . . . — — Map (db m10185) HM|
|"The flight lasted only 12 seconds, but nevertheless the first in the history of the world in which a machine carrying a man had raised itself by its own power into full flight, had sailed forward without reduction of speed, and had finally . . . — — Map (db m31994) HM|
|From a 60-foot wooden track laid on these sands Orville Wright rose into the wind on the morning of December 17, 1903. It was the first time in history that “a machine carrying a man had raised itself by its own power into the air in full . . . — — Map (db m62511) HM|
|was made from this spot by
December 17, 1903, in a machine designed and built by
Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright
This tablet was erected by the
National Aeronautic Association
of the U.S.A. December 17, 1928
to commemmorate . . . — — Map (db m114484) HM|
|On December 17, 1093, from site near foot of Kill Devil Hill, Orville and Wilbur Wright made first successful powered flight 1/5 mile west. — — Map (db m9714) HM|
|Wilbur Wright Orville Wright
In commemoration of the conquest of the air by the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright. Conceived by Genius. Achieved by dauntless resolution and unconquerable faith. — — Map (db m10380) HM|