It’s more than 100 years since Wilbur and Orville Wright fly the first airplane and can’t imagine today’s world without powered flight.
Today we’re going to explore the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Getting Around The Park
The monument is fairly spread out and can require a fair bit of walking.
Alternatively, there are roads connecting the major parts of the park.
When we arrive the main visitors center is under construction.
So we won’t be spending much time in there…
The First stop for us is the hanger!
The Hanger & Workshop
These buildings aren’t original, but a reconstruction of the 1903 hanger and workshop.
The workshop contains items similar to those the Wrights would use.
First Powered Flight
The site depicts not one, but four flights on December 17th, 1903.
This stone marks the point of lift, the first flight.
Stones further down mark the distance of each of the four flights that day.
The first flight…
Orville flys 12 seconds and 120 feet and lands at this point.
Next up, Wilbur!
Not too shabby! Still 12 seconds, but he gets a little further at 175 feet.
Orville takes another shot at it.
15 seconds and 200 feet, these guys are getting better!
Maybe Wilbur can make something out of this last attempt.
Wow! 852 feet and 59 seconds!
That’s quite the flight.
There’s more than one historic flight happening here!
Adjacent to the monument is an airfield where flight is born over and over.
Kill Devil Hill
Atop of Kill Devil Hill is the Wright Brothers Monument.
We especially like the wings engraved into the sides.
The monuments height presents a nice view of the first flight field and the Atlantic Ocean.
First Flight Sculpture
Down the other side of the hill is the First Flight Sculpture.
This sculpture depicts the events of Orville piloting the first powered flight!
He’s doing a good job in there.