The Wright Brothers' National Memorial


"What ever you can do, dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."    ...Goethe


          "The Wright Brothers National Memorial is the site of the first powered flight on December 17, 1903. The Visitor Center features a full-scale reproduction of the Wright flyer, a granite monument, historical markers, a reconstructed hanger, and a public airstrip."

The Wright Brothers Monument

"IN COMMEMORATION OF THE CONQUEST OF THE AIR, THE BROTHERS WILBUR AND ORVILLE WRIGHT CONCEIVED BY GENIUS, ACHIEVED BY DAUNTLESS RESOLUTION AND UNCONQUERABLE FAITH."

The First Flight: December 17, 1903
The First Flight: December 17, 1903

          "They had seemingly settled into respectability as proprietors of a small business. But the Wright brothers of Dayton, Ohio nurtured a barely respectable dream: the possibility of flight. Wilbur, four years older, was quiet and intense, a dreamer who could lose himself in books. Orville was outgoing, talkative, and an immaculate dresser. Both combined intuitive mechanical ability with analytical intelligence.

          In 1892 they opened a bicycle shop and prospered, but they were restless, especially Wilbur. Their energies were focused by two events of 1896: the death in a flying accident of Otto Lilienthal, the celebrated experimenter with gliders, and the successful launching of powered models by Samuel Langley. The Wrights' serious work in aeronautics began in 1899 when Wilbur wrote the Smithsonian for literature. Dismayed that so many great minds had made so little progress, the brothers were also exhilarated by the realization that they had as much chance as anyone of succeeding. Wilbur took the lead in the early stages of their work, but Orville was soon drawn in as an equal collaborator. They quickly developed their own theories, and for the next four years devoted themselves to the goal of human flight."


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Wright Brothers National Memorial
North Carolina
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U.S. Department of the Interior


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