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Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk, NC

By JOE GROMELSKI | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 17, 2016

When the Wright Brothers came from Dayton, Ohio, to Kitty Hawk, N.C., at the start of the 20th century, their destination was a windswept, deserted beach. That is to say, the perfect place to test their airplanes with few interruptions or prying eyes.

Today, the field on which they brought the world into the age of flight is surrounded by hotels, private residences, surf shops, snack bars and the rest of what makes the Outer Banks a popular vacation spot. But the brothers' accomplishments in 1903 are remembered at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, where visitors can see replicas of their planes and the quarters in which they lived, and walk the route of their first four flights.

Towering above the site, atop a 90-foot sand dune, is a 60-foot monument to the accomplishments of the bicycle store owners who changed the way we live.

gromelski.joe@stripes.com
 

The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, N.C.
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