The Wright Stuff

For aviators it’s on the bucket list. Landing at First Flight Airport at Kill Devil Hills, NC. Site of the first powered flight. Using a friend’s small airplane, I took the family on a trip to FFA so we could see where it all began.

Everyone knows about the Wright Brothers of course, but I never realized the extent of their accomplishment. It wasn’t a “we’re good at making stuff and bored with bicycles .. Let’s try planes!” kind of thing. Their interest began when their father gave them a flying toy and 25 years later the dream he planted became a reality.

Orville and Wilbur had to take everything to Kill Devil Hills. They built a wind tunnel to test airfoil designs! They used a pedal powered sewing machine to make the cloth wings. After many trials and errors and frustrations, the first flight! 120 feet in 12 seconds. Three more after that to establish the fact that they had actually done it.

From 120 feet to the moon in 50 years! Like most stories we have heard the details are the amazing part. You have to see it to understand the immense amount of work that made it happen. So, if you get close to the Outer Banks, you must visit the place. 

Also, while you are there, visit Manteo and the site of the Lost Colony where Sir Walter Raleigh landed. Lot’s of interesting history.

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2 Responses to The Wright Stuff

  1. Harriett says:

    Book-marked, I love your blog! 🙂

    • perryb says:

      Thanks! I will try to keep it interesting. Shooting for weekly posts or as topics arise.