a book signing in Kitty Hawk.
and I took the trip of a lifetime to Kitty Hawk, North
Carolina. While there we participated in many of the activities
to celebrate one of the world’s most important achievements,
the first powered flight. It seemed the eyes of the world were focused
on this little town in the outer banks of North Carolina.
The purpose of this event was to
remind the world what a magnificent achievement the First Flight
was when Wilbur and Orville Wright flew their powered airplane off
the rail on Kill Devil Hills and fly 852feet in 59 seconds.
site - Kitty Hawk Landing. Wright brothers came here in 1900.
had become regular visitors to this area in the month of December
for a number of years to research for the book, “Wilbur, Orville
and Me: Magic at Kitty Hawk.” We were fortunate, indeed, to
go there on this special day to take part in the celebration of
this event that changed the world. Every day was crammed full of
exciting activities. The youth were honored the first day in a program
called: “Igniting the Imagination,” designed to inspire
the next generation of aviators by engaging children of all ages
in the power of flight.
stainless, brass and copper sculpture placed on the south end
of the Memorial site at KH. North Carolina Department of Cultural
Resources provided $250,000 in public arts program funding for
the sculpture, which was designed by North Carolina artist, Stephen
Smith. The work of art features the Wright flyer, with Orville
Wright on board, as it started to leave the ground; Wilbur Wright,
running alongside the plane; and John Daniels, a helper and Outer
Banks native who snapped a picture of the plane as it went aloft.
Daniels’ photograph of the Dec. 17, 1903, first flight is
considered one of the most famous in history.
theme for Saturday and Sunday was “Remember the Past, Imagine
the Future.” Monday was “Protecting the Home of the
Brave,” celebrating the military. It was meant to honor all
men and women of the military who served through the years. Tuesday
was “In History’s footsteps, celebrating 100 Aviation
Pioneers.” These people (many household names) were honored
for their contribution to the aviation industry.
trip was wonderful. Our B&B was next door to the spot where
the Wrights came ashore in 1900, giving us the proud and nostalgic
feeling that we had become a part of their past. One of the best
parts of the trip was to visit the NASA and other exhibits, to see
the National Wright Memorial and to see President Bush come flying
in a military helicopter. As he came out of the door, a tremendous
ovation greeted him.
the Brothers! Did she know them personally???
weather was really bad, which prevented the replica built for this
occasion, to successfully re-enact that cold morning 100 years ago,
but everyone did get to see it get crank up and start its take-off
roll. The failure of the craft to fly the same as the one did in
1903 was based on the condition of the ground and the wrong direction
of the wind. No one could have changed those conditions. The spectators
were thrilled to see it do this much and much appreciation and respect
was evident for the efforts of the builders and the crew of this
aircraft that will become a permanent part of the Ford Museum at
feel blessed that we could go there at this time. Another great
blessing was that I had two venues to show and sign my book, which
put it in the hands of many North Carolina school children. One
hundred years ago, the Wright brothers were dedicated to the idea
that man could fly. On December 17, 1903 they realized their vision
and flew 59 seconds into the pages of history. We were happy to
be there to see the celebration of this achievement; the trip of
a lifetime, for the flight of a lifetime.