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Wright Brothers First Flight Centennial Memorial

Commissioned by the State of North Carolina to celebrate the centennial Anniversary of flight December 17, 1903-2003. The Governor of North Carolina, Michael F. Easley, gifted the sculpture on behalf of the state to the United States Government, on hand to accept it was Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton. The sculpture is comprised of 7 life-size bronze figures - that of Orville Wright who flew that day, Wilbur Wright running alongside the planes as it outran him and John T. Daniels, a local who photographed the historic moment. The plane, a full-scale replica of the 1903 Flyer, with a 40’ 4” wingspan, was fabricated in stainless steel and weighs 10,000 lbs.

The 4 other witnesses on hand that day, Cephus Brinkley, Will Dough, Adam Etheridge and Johnny Moore, were added to the Memorial and dedicated on the 102 Anniversary; December 17, 2005.

The sculpture is located in the National Park on the Outer Banks of North Carolina- Kill Devil Hills. This land was set aside to honor the Wright Brothers and to commemorate one of man kind’s greatest achievements, that of flight.

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