Getting Off the Ground

Getting Off the Ground (HM25QO)

Location: Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Dare County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 1.182', W 75° 40.128'

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Wright Brothers National Memorial

After four years of scientific research and rigorous experimentation, and with their 1903 Flyer on the rail, the Wrights are set to fly. In unison, they each pull down on a propeller. The engine roars to life and the propellers whip through the air; only a restraining wire keeps the flyer in place. Orville climbs onto the machine and positions himself into the hip-cradle. He releases the restraining wire and the machine slowly moves forward. Wilbur runs alongside to steady the machine. After traveling 40 feet down the rail, the flyer lifts into the air, launching the Age of Flight.

The Launch Rail & Dolly
The soft sand was not a good "runway." The brothers built a 60-foot wooden rail with metal stripping to provide a hard and smooth surface for takeoff. A dolly of wood and bicycle hubs was placed on the rail to hold the flyer above the sand as it accelerated forward to liftoff.
HM NumberHM25QO
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 439737 N 3986340
Decimal Degrees36.01970000, -75.66880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 1.182', W 75° 40.128'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 1' 10.92" N, 75° 40' 7.68" W
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Area Code(s)252
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Wright Memorial, Kill Devil Hills NC 27948, US
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