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North Carolina’s Most Historic Place

On a cold, windy December day in 1903, two brothers from Ohio flew the world’s first heavier-than-air machine from the sandy shores of Kill Devil Hills into history.

The flight only lasted 12 seconds and traveled a mere 120 feet, but it was enough to change the course of human history.

Visitors hike up to the Wright Brothers National MemorialVisit Kill Devil Hills

North Carolina is rich with history in every city and community. But Kill Devil Hills on the once-isolated Outer Banks where mankind first flew stands as the state’s most historic place.

Today at Kill Devil Hills, you can walk the flight path that the first flyer passed over and see a replica of the Wright Brothers camp to experience how they lived, serviced their flying machines and eventually flew.

You can also climb to the top of Kill Devil Hill to study the 60-foot-tall granite monument erected to commemorate the historic achievement. Among the crowd of celebrities and aviation enthusiasts present for the laying of the monument cornerstone were Orville Wright and Amelia Earhart.


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