The Conquest of the Air

The Conquest of the Air (HM6K7)

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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In commemoration of the conquest of the air?
Excerpt from the inscription on the monument atop Big Kill Devil Hill

From its establishment as a national monument in 1927 to the First Flight Centennial of 2003, the local people of the Outer Banks have shown "dauntless resolution and unconquerable faith" in honoring and recognizing the first flight of the Wright brothers.

The Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association, later to become the First Flight Society, took the lead in organizing the 25th-anniversary celebration held in 1928.

The event featured the unveiling of the first flight marker and the laying of the cornerstone for the monument - two of the most prominent features at Wright Brothers National Memorial. For the first time, the location of the first flight received as much attention as the flight itself. Orville Wright, Amelia Earhart, and more than 3,000 people from the area participated in the event. Ironically, to attend they traveled by almost every means but air.

Over the year local citizens, the First Flight Society, and people from all over the state of North Carolina have continued to proved the grass roots support necessary to host annual commemorative events. With their help, the reconstructed camp buildings were opened during the 50th-anniversary celebration. The First Flight Airstrip opened during the 60th anniversary and the "First Flight" sculpture, a gift from the people of North Carolina, was dedicated during the 100th anniversary celebration.
HM NumberHM6K7
Placed ByU.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 3:45am PDT -07:00
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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 324 Wright Memorial, Kill Devil Hills NC 27948, US
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