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Models Used To Celebrate Famous First Flight

Posted October 25, 2001 4:38 a.m. EDT

— Orville Wright flew off the sands at Kill Devil Hills for 12 seconds almost 100 years ago. As part of the centennial celebration, models of the original airship were created, hoping to inspire future pilots.

Nick Angler designed six of the models and brought them to the McKimmon Center at N.C. State, along with a kite-sized version to illustrate the simplicity of flying and to make a point to young people.

"The Wright Brothers' story is important to our culture and we try to tell it to the kids in an exciting way," Angler said. "What the story tells kids is that their dreams have value, but you have to do a lot of work to achieve those dreams."

The Spirit of Dayton Project is sponsored by the Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company of Dayton, Ohio, the Wright Brothers' hometown.