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NC, Ohio, celebrate Wright brothers' first flight

Posted December 17, 2020 1:43 p.m. EST
Updated December 17, 2020 5:39 p.m. EST

— On Dec. 17, 1903, the winds at Kitty Hawk were high, but two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, didn’t let that stop them. Orville Wright took the 1903 Wright Flyer into the air at 10:35 a.m, with his brother, Wilbur Wright, helping to steady the wings.

After four flights that day, the following telegram was sent home to Dayton: “Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty-one-mile wind started from Level with engine power alone average speed through air thirty one miles longest 57 seconds inform Press home Christmas.”

In celebration of First Flight, organizations in both Ohio and North Carolina joined forces Thursday to commemorate the occasion virtually with a wreath-laying ceremony and other special programming. Park entrance fees at Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina were waived on the first flight anniversary.

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Wright Brothers National Memorial Facebook Page - Livestream of the Kill Devil Hills fireworks at Avalon Pier.

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