"Flight Path" First Flight Path Tip by grandmaR

  Looking down the flight path
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      Looking down the flight path
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      Geo-marker of the first flight
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      Bob walking up the flight path
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      Four powered flights sign
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      Exhibit showing re-enactment on the 100th anniversary
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Favorite thing: We went out to the place where the first flight took place and walked along the fight path as it is marked out on the sand.

At 10:35am, he released the restraining wire. The flyer moved down the rail as Wilbur steadied the wings. Just as Orville left the ground, John Daniels, a member of the lifesaving station, snapped the shutter on a preset camera, capturing the iconic image of the airborne aircraft with Wilbur running alongside. Again the flyer was unruly, pitching up and down as Orville overcompensated with the controls. But he kept it aloft until it hit the sand about 120 feet from the rail. Into the 27-mph wind, the groundspeed had been 6.8 mph, for a total airspeed of 34 mph. The flight lasted only 12 seconds, and the distance covered was less than the total length of a modern passenger airliner. But for the first time, a manned, heavier-than-air machine left the ground by its own power, moved forward under control without losing speed, and landed on a point as high as that from which it started. The brothers took turns flying three more times that day, getting a feel for the controls and increasing their distance with each flight. Wilbur's second flight - the fourth and last of the day ? was an impressive 852 feet in 59 seconds.

Address: Wright Brother's National Monument, Wright Brothers National Memorial

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