Monument to a Century of Flight
5230 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC, USA
Monument to a Century of Flight Kitty Hawk Reviews
Monument to a Century of Flight Jul 22, 2012
The Monument to a Century of Flight is located at the Aycock Brown Welcome Center at milepost 1.5 in Kitty Hawk, NC, just past the Home Depot. This little known monument opened in 2003 to commemorate the role of the town in the Wright brothers' first successful attempts at aviation.
Fourteen wing-shaped stainless steel pylons form a circular orbit 120 feet long (the distance of the Wright brothers' first flight in 1903), the pylons ascending from 10 feet to 20 feet tall to symbolize the rapid advances in aviation that took humankind from the sand dunes of the Outer Banks to outer space itself within a century. On the front of the pylons are black granite markers that record one hundred key events in the history of flight in chronological order from 1903 to 2003. In the center of the monument is a bronze globe.
This is a well-designed monument you can visit when entering the Outer Banks from the Wright Memorial Bridge. Be sure to check out the Wright Brothers National Memorial down the road in Kill Devil Hills to see where the first flights took place.
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