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Hang on to your hats guys - Low Flying Aircraft

Kill Devil Hills is the Outer Banks oldest township. It was established in 1952. History tells us that the Wright Brothers made their famous flight from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. But the actual location is what is now known as Kill Devil Hills. The town was named after the sand dune Kill Devil Hill. Before modern tourism took over the Outer Banks, it was characterized as a series of sand mountains. Some of these were over 100 feet high. Kill Devil Hill was one of the largest of the dunes. No one knows for sure how the place came to be named Kill Devil Hill. Popular rumor has it that is was named for a brand of rum (Kill Devil Rum) that was found washed ashore in colonial North Carolina. I personally like this story and accept it. Stories of rum and pirates just seem to go together with the history of the Outer Banks..

  • Last visit to Kill Devil Hills: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2007 at 5:31 AM

    Nice overview of an interesting and historic spot. I've been to Kill Devil Hills, but Karen hasn't and she wants to go. Guess I'll be back.

  • Tugboatguy's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2005 at 1:55 AM

    Hi Larry, Gr8 tips on the seminal event in history of Man's quest for powered flight. I've seen the restored original Wright Flyer in the Smithsonian-D.C. Hope U have Happy Birthday! Doug (^_^)

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2005 at 11:16 AM

    The name itself + the Wright brothers + your witty comments make me eager to visit the place ... if I am in that part of the world. By the way, your visit to Eastern Europe didn't include Poland. Time to change it ...

  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2005 at 1:43 AM

    Neat preview of a place that I never knew existed ... can't get over that name "Kill Devil Hills" :)

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2004 at 8:36 PM

    "Kill Devil Hills", that sounds like a political slogan for elections time! Haha ! Anyway, an interesting place with all the Wright Bros memories. Thank you for your visit to my Iceland page.

  • hekate's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2004 at 8:10 AM

    Thanks for your comment on my homepage. Great page you have here :) Comprehensive info on Wright Brothers. Actually, as far as I remember their plane is on the North Carolina quarter.

  • benidormone's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2004 at 4:39 AM

    Didn't know this place and surely wasn't aware that the Wright brothers had their flights here!!!

  • Dumpymotel's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2004 at 8:04 AM

    Interesting pages Larry... but who invented Air Miles?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2004 at 10:04 AM

    The Wright Brothers surely deserve the memorial...

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2004 at 8:31 AM

    Oh. I am going to have to come back.


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