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On this cold and windy morning, the Wrights achieved the world's first controlled flights. Here, they realized not only their own dream—but also one of humanity's oldest dreams—to fly!
The boulder and numbered markers on the field i…
On December 17th, 1928, only 25 years after the Wrights achieved flight, three thousand people from over forty nations gathered at this remote place to celebrate the global importance of the birth of flight.
The National Aeronautic Association …
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 ai…
When the Wright brothers were here, Big Kill Devil Hill—the hill in front of you—was a massive sand dune. Thousands of times, the brothers trekked up this and three nearby dunes to conduct glider experiments.
Climbing the hill was s…
Welcome to the Field Research Facility (FRF). We were established in 1977 to conduct research to support the US Army Corps of Engineers coastal engineering mission. The FRF is recognized as one of the best places in the world to conduc…
Historic Site & Museum
National Register of Historic Places
In honor of all who served
World War I
1917 - 1918
Dennis S. Twiford
World War II
1941 - 1945
Thomas C. Fearing
M. Blackwell Creef
Lawson H. Barnett
Charles F. Midgett, Jr.
Norman W. Payne
James D. Williams
Darius T. Midgett
The US Weather Bureau once used Coastal Warning Display towers such as this one to fly signal ﬂags to warn mariners of wind shifts or approaching storms.
On November 10, 1904, the Weather Bureau established the Manteo Weather Station wit…
Coastal Patrol Base, first in N.C., opened ½ mi. S.E., in 1942. Civilian pilots supported military and patrolled for German U-boats.
The first refugee slave community in N.C. Est. in 1863 by Union troops. It operated until 1867 on land nearby, extending S.