One of the most popular photo sites on the Outer Banks, 5 miles south of Kitty Hawk, this 60-foot granite airplane's tail stands as a tribute to Wilbur and Orville Wright, two bicycle mechanics from Ohio who took to the air here on December 17, 1903. A replica of their Wright Flyer stands on the spot where it made four takeoffs and landings, the longest at 852 feet. Aviation enthusiasts will want extra time to explore the visitors center, a cluster of museums,
temporary exhibits and the park—all of which celebrate more than a century of flight. Informative talks by National Park Service rangers bring these events to life in special events scheduled throughout the year.
Jul 9, 2010
A must for pilots to land at the strip; an interesting historical site for the rest of us. The visitor center displays and the outdoor sculpture are interesting; the pavilion displays less so. Ranger talk good-same information guides you through the little museum. I enjoyed standing in the spot the flights took place with the distance markers. Hard to imagine because the place has changed so much from when the Wright brothers were there (grass
and trees instead of sand). Sort of an odd place other than that--the stabilized hill (not in its original location) with the huge monument on top and lots of open grassland.