Monday, September 7, 2009

Elle on Travel: Of Interest to Aviator Types

For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. --Wilbur Wright

Recent travel with friends and family took me to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I soon realized that we were very, very close to an important site to aviators worldwide: Kill Devil Hills (Kitty Hawk). In 1903, this windy expanse was where the Wright Brothers did their glider experiments and are recognized as having successfully made the first sustained powered aircraft flight...While at the Wright Bros. National Memorial, I walked the length of the marker for the first flight (120 feet) to the 4th--852 feet away from the takeoff point. Looking back down the way, I realized how phenomenal that must have been at the time. People thought they were crazy...
...but thanks to them, we can cross oceans and have even left the Earth altogether. We now take for granted what was but a dream to them then.


HeadBurro Antfarm said...

We do take so much for granted... both in RL and in SL. Posts like these help remind us just how much we have to be grateful for :)

Dan said...

It is amazing to think about what the Wright Brothers accomplished on their own. Walking it makes it seem all the harder to believe. Thanks for a great post.

-- Dan
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