Wright Brothers Memorial
Here I am standing on top of Kill Devil Hill in front of the Wright Brothers Memorial Pylon. Sand dunes naturally shift with time and the winds. So in the early 1930 workers planted hearty grasses on the the dune to preserve it. After the planting construction was started on the large memorial. The memorial can be seen from miles away.
View from Kill Devil Hill
You will really need to click on the picture to enlarge it to appreciate the view from the top of Kill Devil Hill. You can see the township of Kill Devil Hills in the distance and also the open beach in the distance.
Guy in hat flies with the Wright Brothers
I can only take so much history and seriousness. It was time for a few laughs and some fun. So here I am just behind the Wright Brothers plane and I am ready for take off. I hope that photographer gets a good shot of this.
This national park is a very open and hands on type of area. You can walk up the hill to the monument. You can walk around and play with the model as I am doing here. And there is a very good museum on flight with videos and models to explore. It is well worth an afternoons visit.
Model in Flight
There are three different models of the Wright Brothers plane on display at the Memorial Park. The first one is in the visitors center. This one is behind Kill Devil Hill and is set up to look like the actualy first flight. The third one is in the flight museum located on the path leading back to the parking lot. If you click on the picture to enlarge it you will notice there is a guy in a hat on the plane just behind the Wright brother. Its me, surprise surpise. I guess I could be labeled the Wrong Brother.
The Wright Brothers flight was documented throughly in photographs. Here is a model of one of the photographers as he stands behind a model of their plane ready for take off. But wait a minute. There seems to be a guy in a hat behind the photographer giving him some tips on photography. He is probably telling him to smile because he is about to be posted on an international virtual tourist web site.
The Wright Brothers Camp
Once again I was became amazed at the achievement of the Wright Brothers when I saw this model of their small camp site. This area was completely open at that time. It was just a large windy hill with blistering sand blowing all over the place. Here they camped in two small structures in the winter on this sand dune. Their first flight took place on December 17,1903.
Carving of The Wright Brothers
You can walk the path of the original three flights the Wright Brothers made at this location. As you walk the path there are signs and information. Here is a granite carving of their images we saw on the walk.
Kill Devil Hill
Kill Devil Hill is approximately 90 feet tall. Its a good walk to the top. There is a parking area near the Welcome Center. There is also a parking lot at the base of the hill. We were not aware of this and walked from the Welcome Center to the top. The 60 foot granite memorial was dedicated in 1932.
Model of the Wright Brother Plane
This model of the Wright Brothers plane is located in the Welcome Center at the Wright Brothers Memorial. I have seen pictures of the Wright Brothers flight in history books. But seeing this flimsy little airplane really brings into perspective the achievement of the Wright Brothers. I left with a new respect and awe for their work.
The Wright Brothers
This picture of the Wright Brothers is located in the welcome center when you visit The Wright Brothers Memorial Pylon at Kill Devil Hill. Historically, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first successful power driven airplane flight from Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk.
This picture was taken of me in 1982 in much calmer waters than in the year before. The beaches are the main draw to Kill Devil Hills during the summer months. The water is warm, the beaches are relatively clean, and are less spoiled by progress than Virginia Beach to the north and Myrtle Beach to the south.
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Once a remote area, Kitty Hawk has grown into a summer resort area and provides some of the best beach recreation on the North Carolina Coast. When Orville Wright stepped ashore in Kitty Hawk Village in the fall of 1900, he probably already knew that he and his brother were destined to make history as discoverers of flight.
After all, they had chosen this remote fishing village on the Outer Banks partly for privacy from prying eyes. Three years later, they would indeed break the bonds of earth for the first time in their heavier than air flying machine.
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Beautiful, handmade hammocks of all kinds and types. My wife and I purchased a Deluxe Rope Porch Swing for my parents anniversary. (And because they kept the kids for this 15th anniversary trip of ours.) They loved it.
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The beaches are nice here! They are not very crowded and the sand dunes are beautiful. We stayed at a motel on the beach so we had a lot of time to enjoy it!
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Wright Brothers National Monument
Not so much commentary is required here as you view the monument from another angle, so I'll shut up now...
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