12 Seconds that Changed the World

12 Seconds that Changed the World (HM6K3)

Location: Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Dare County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 0.726', W 75° 40.056'

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After more than four years of hard work and experimentation, it only took the Wright brothers 12 seconds to change the world. On December 17, 1903, at 10:35, Orville Wright made the world's first controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight.

The photograph that documented the Wrights' success was taken by John T. Daniels, a Kill Devil Hills Life Saving Station surfman, who had never used a camera before. It was not until the Wright brothers returned to Dayton, Ohio, that they developed the photograph and saw their first flight captured on film. The Daniels' photo, however, only gives one perspective of that historic event - from the back of the airplane.

Stephen Smith's "First Flight" sculpture, unveiled during the 2003 Centennial, and Frank Wootton's painting help us to see the first flight from different angles. Just as the Wright brothers' success depended on viewing the problems of flight in novel and creative ways, perhaps these new perspectives will inspire us to change the world and explore new horizons.
HM NumberHM6K3
Placed ByU.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 5:26am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 439839 N 3985496
Decimal Degrees36.01210000, -75.66760000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 0.726', W 75° 40.056'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 0' 43.56" N, 75° 40' 3.36" W
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Area Code(s)252
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 359 Wright Memorial, Kill Devil Hills NC 27948, US
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