Wright Brothers in the Albemarle

Wright Brothers in the Albemarle (HM12HK)

Location: Elizabeth City, NC 27909 Pasquotank County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 17.841', W 76° 13.075'

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The "world's first flight crew" were the surfmen of the U.S. Lifesaving Stations along the Outer Banks The Wright brothers relied on them as they tested their experimental aircraft (1900-1903). The Life Saving Service's primary job was to guard the welfare of sailors along the treacherous Outer Banks. The Service evolved into the U.S. Coast Guard (1915).

We spent morning in making repairs on tail, and truck for starting At half past one o'clock we put out signal for station men, and started for the hill, which took us about forty minutes. After testing engine, with the help of men (Bob Wescott, John T. Daniels, Tom Beacham, W.S. Dough, and Uncle Benny O'Neal), we took machine 150' uphill and laid track 8? 50' slope.
Orville Wright's Diary. December 14, 1903

The modern U.S. Coast Guard embodies both the spirit of the early Lifesaving Service, and the aviation advancements of the Wright brothers. The Coast Guard's continuing presence in the Albemarle region is an unbroken tradition of heroism. Their motto is: Semper Paratus, "Always Prepared."
HM NumberHM12HK
Placed ByElizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 2:46am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 390643 N 4017617
Decimal Degrees36.29735000, -76.21791667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 17.841', W 76° 13.075'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 17' 50.46" N, 76° 13' 4.50" W
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Area Code(s)252, 919
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 404A Water St, Elizabeth City NC 27909, US
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