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Wright Brothers Memorial

On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights here at Kitty Hawk from off the high dunes known as Kill Devil Hills with their first powered aircraft. The Wright brothers had invented the first successful airplane... and in that moment, the world became a smaller place. Life has been a lot more interesting since.


I’ve skydived and flown gliders and a variety of other aircraft. I’ve been hauled all over creation in military and civilian aircraft. I’ve also flown out of trees, off large rocks, head-over-teakettle playing football, and (once) off a house… these landings always left something to be desired. It’s definitely better to use an aircraft if you’re going to fly. Thanks, Wright Brothers!


This image is of the Wright Brothers Memorial from the Wright Flyer display taken during my recent trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The display is a scale representation of one of the photos taken that day in 1903. People of Flickr take note... composition is nine-tenths of a good photograph, and it may one day be memorialized! Think about what you're doing. Ironically, the fella behind the camera that day had never before taken a photograph.


Despite rousting everyone up at o’dark-thirty to make it on site for sunrise and racing around to every subject within reach the rest of the day, I still have friends that actually want to go with me. They were present here at this moment as two Marine F/A-18 Super Hornets loudly punctuated the moment with a high-speed flyover… I believe ol’ Orville and Wilbur would have enjoyed that as much as I did.


I had intended to include the Marine jets here but their flight path was just off to the right. Here’s an excellent video that should give you an idea of the phenomenal machine that is the F/A-18 Super Hornet:


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Taken on November 18, 2010