1. First In Flight… Wright Brothers Memorial

Image Courtesy of Outer Banks Photography by Lisa A Griggs

Image Courtesy of Outer Banks Photography by Lisa A Griggs

Wilbur and Orville Wright came to the Outer Banks to pursue their dream of powered flight because of the flat, uninhabited land and the steady, prevailing winds.  In 1903, through courage and perseverance, they finally achieved their dream and changed the world forever.

The beautiful granite Wright Brothers National Monument stands proudly on top of Kill Devil Hill – the sand dune from which the brothers launched their glider experiments. Visitors can walk the spiral paths up the hill and marvel at the 360 degree panoramic view of ocean, sound and Outer Banks.

From the hilltop you can see the whole memorial which includes a 3000 foot airstrip which can be used by the general public, and the Wright Brothers Visitor Center which combines a museum, a gift shop, and a meeting place. Fascinating exhibits of aviation lore, full scale reproductions of the 1902 glider and the 1903 flying machine are displayed in the main hall. Park Service Rangers provide daily programs which bring to life the trials and tribulations of the Wright Brothers as they made history with their gliders and early flying machines.

Walk over to the base of the hill and observe the markers showing the progress of each powered flight. In this area the reproductions of the sheds where the Wright Brothers stayed and worked on their gliders show the rather primitive conditions they endured while they made history on the Outer Banks.

At the bottom of the hill to the south, a bronze replica of the powered glider, complete with Wright Brothers and onlookers, provides a great place to take pictures. Children love to explore and stand by the bronze figures imagining themselves watching the machine fly.  So bring the whole family and enjoy a short walk in the shadow of the monument that lets visitors enjoy a historic aviation landmark – The Wright Brothers Memorial. http://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm

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