The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk was dedicated in 1932
to recognize the achievements of Wilbur and Orville Wright, two bicycle
mechanics from Dayton, Ohio. The two brothers set up camp here, on
the Outer Banks, to take advantage of the windy conditions, sparse
landscape, and privacy in order to conduct their flight
experiments. Tourists can learn about their work and view early
aircraft at the visitor center, Centennial Pavilion, and reconstructions
of the Wright Brothers' living quarters and hanger. The original
flight line at the memorial follows their first successful flight of a
manned, powered flying machine on December 17, 1903. The central
feature of the memorial is an imposing 60-foot granite monument atop a
hill overlooking the park.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
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