"Some day Congress will erect a monument here to these Wrights." Byron R. Newton, 1908
In 1908, five years after the historic first flight at Kitty Hawk, the Wright Brothers returned to the Outer Banks to test a new version of their airplane. Reporters hid nearby to watch the brothers fly. Reporter Byron R. Newton's prediction about the Wrights came true 19 years later when Congress established the area as a national memorial.
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“I like to think about it now; I like to think about that first airplane the way it sailed off in the air at Kill Devil Hills that morning, as pretty as any bird you ever laid your eyes on. I don’t think I ever saw a
prettier sight in my life.”
-John T. Daniels said in 1927 reflecting on the Wrights' first flight made on December 17, 1903. #WrightBrothers#quotable#qotd#wrightbrosnps#outerbanks#obx#firstflight#nps
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What kind of living conditions would you live in to achieve your dreams? “The sea has washed and the wind as blown millions and millions of loads of sand up in heaps along the coast, completely covering houses and forests.”
-Orville Wright to his sister, October 14, 1900
“History is like a mirror, it can only look back, but there is great value in pausing to look back for only with a great appreciation of where we have been can we ever hope to understand where we are headed.” - Neil Armstrong
Reflect on the moments that have shaped your life, where are you headed?
From the moon 48 years ago, the world watched as Neil Armstrong declared, "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. 🌕
July 20, 1969, just 66 years after the Wright brother’s historic flight at Kitty Hawk, a large crowd gathered at the Wright Brothers National Memorial to view this historic event live on television as Apollo XI landed on the surface of the moon. As Neil Armstrong stepped on the lunar surface he carried with him in his Personal Preference Kit a small piece of fabric and wood from the original 1903 Wright Flyer.
If you watched the lunar landing, what memories do you have? Where do you think we will go next? 🚀
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"The rain has descended in such torrents as to make a lake for miles about our camp.” Orville Wright wrote in a letter to his sister Katharine in 1903. With all of the recent rain in the Outer Banks, we seem to have our own puddles that seem like lakes forming! Tag us in your rainy day pictures at Wright Brothers National Memorial. ☔️#wrightbrosnps#outerbanks#obx#rainyday