Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of scientific experimentation, they achieved the first successful powered airplane flight, which lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. It was achieved on December 17, 1903, and it changed the course of history and reshaped the future. With courage and perseverance, these self-taught engineers relied on teamwork and application of the scientific process. What they achieved changed our world forever.