Remembering the Wright Brothers

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109 years ago today, two bicycle mechanic brothers from Ohio, Wilbur and Orville Wright, piloted the first sustained airplane flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Wind, sand and privacy brought the Wrights to Kitty Hawk’s Kill Devil Hills in 1900 and the brothers spent three years conducting experiments there. Visitors to the hills today can walk along the routes of the four flights that took place on December 17, 1903, and also visit the 60-foot (18 meter) granite monument that was dedicated in their honor in 1932. Inscribed on the memorial tower is the phrase “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,” and atop the tower is a marine beacon, similar to one found in a lighthouse.