Wright Brothers First Flight Centennial Memorial
by the State of North Carolina to celebrate the centennial Anniversary of flight
December 17, 1903-2003. The Governor of North Carolina, Michael F. Easley, gifted
the sculpture on behalf of the state to the United States Government, on hand
to accept it was Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton. The sculpture is comprised
of 7 life-size bronze figures - that of Orville Wright who flew that day, Wilbur
Wright running alongside the planes as it outran him and John T. Daniels, a local
who photographed the historic moment. The plane, a full-scale replica of the 1903
Flyer, with a 40’ 4” wingspan, was fabricated in stainless steel and weighs 10,000
The 4 other witnesses on hand that day, Cephus Brinkley, Will Dough,
Adam Etheridge and Johnny Moore, were added to the Memorial and dedicated on the
102 Anniversary; December 17, 2005.
The sculpture is located in the National
Park on the Outer Banks of North Carolina- Kill Devil Hills. This land was set
aside to honor the Wright Brothers and to commemorate one of man kind’s greatest
achievements, that of flight.