The Anniversary of Flight

On Dec. 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful man-powered airplane flight, near Kitty Hawk, N.C. If you’ve never been to the Wright Brothers Memorial, you should go there some day. Take the kids. There are so many things to do on the Outer Banks, but definitely devote a day to this special place.

The best way to understand the brothers’ accomplishment is to follow the path that marks the distances of their first three flights. You won’t believe how short the final, and longest, flight was! And yet, it was a miracle at the time.

The museum is wonderfully educational, and the memorial itself is awe-inspiring. It’s the tallest structure visible as far as the eye can see. To reach it, you follow a windy path, and, when you get close to it, the wind whips at your face as you survey the flat, sandy, scrubby-grassed land all around it.

Here’s a picture of how  it looks at night.

The wish to fly is one of man’s archetypal urges. We’ve all felt it, and the Wright Brothers made it a reality. The Wright Brothers Memorial is a worthy tribute to them and to man’s desire to be one with the sky.


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