Orville and Wilbur Wright conquered the skies on December 17, 1903 on a sand dune the locals called “Kill Devil Hill” near the former village of Kitty Hawk, when they taught the world how to fly.
Orville Wright himself and legendary aviator Amelia Earhart were among the distinguished guests at the official dedication ceremony of the Wright Brothers National Memorial Monument in Kill Devil Hills in 1932.
The Wright Brothers have been featured in pop culture through various mediums in the more than a century since their historic first takeoff.
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The 100th anniversary of the Wrights’ first flight was celebrated on December 17, 2003 and honored with a five-day event at Wright National Memorial that included appearances by President George W. Bush, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Chuck Yeager, and actor John Travolta, and performances by The Beach Boys, The Temptations, Michelle Branch, Aaron Tippin, and Lee Greenwood.
You can CLICK HERE to watch the First Flight Centennial Ceremony in its entirety, courtesy of C-Span!