Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wright Brother's Memorial

One of the reasons we chose to come to Virginia for dental school, was all of the sights we could see while living here! 

If you love history and are in the Outer Banks, North Carolina area you need to make a stop at The Wright Brothers Memorial. It was cool to see the exact spot where the first flights took off and where they worked so hard to make their dream a reality.  

After we went there I came home and read their biography, which gave so many more details of their life before and after their first flight!
The plaque above says:"When the Wright brothers were here, Big King 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 was strenuous. Deep, soft sand caused every step up the slope to slip part-way back down. The Wrights were also burdened with carrying their heavy gliders up the hill for each flight. Their tireless efforts paid off as they mastered their flying skills and refined their flight controls."

Statue of the airplane flown

From this spot their were four flights that took off on December 17, 1903.
 The first was 12 seconds and flew 120 feet,
the second was 12 seconds and flew 175 feet,
the third was 15 seconds and flew 200 feet,
and the fourth was 59 seconds and flew 852 feet.
Happy Travels!

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