They Taught the World to Fly!

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 airplane flights on December 17, 1903.

With courage and perseverance, these self-taught engineers relied on teamwork and application of the scientific process. What they achieved changed our world forever.

Wright Brothers Monument

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Information on Pets at Wright Brothers National Memorial

Last updated: August 14, 2020

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Wright Brothers National Memorial
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954


(252) 473-2111

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