Kitty Hawk - The Death of Impossibility
|Wright Brothers Monument
Kitty Hawk was the location of the first manned flight of an heavier than air aircraft. This happened on the cold, windy, and lonely dunes of the Atlantic coast. A significant piece of world history for sure.
|The Wright Flyer
However it wasn't until I listened to the interpretive Ranger explain what happened on that cold day in December of 1903 that I understood that what happened was much more.
Orville and Wilbur Wright were self taught engineers, digesting information from other's work, incorporating that into their own theory and design. Only after several years, and a thousand flights using innumerable models from the top of Kill Devil Hill did they succeed.
|First Flight Boulder
There is a large granite marker, called the First Flight Boulder at the end of a 60 foot runway/rail which marks the start, and another small monument 120 feet to the north that marks the end of that 1st 12 second flight on December 17, 1903. These are followed by markers for the second, third and fourth flight that day.
|December 17, 1903 Sculpture
Sunday morning marked the beginning of Daylight Savings Time (much to the irritation of my sweet Bride), AND a full moon. I so much wanted to capture an image of the 60 foot Wright Brothers Monument atop Kill Devil Hill, with the full moon in the background. I would also like to tell you that the weather prohibited me from getting that image. Or, that the angle was all wrong. Or that my iPhone was not up to the task. I would love to have any of those excuses. But the truth is that AIROSMITH was just too comfortable, and I remained inside with another glass of wine.