Kill Devil Hills- The Wright Brothers Slip the bonds of Earth
By author Joseph J. O’Donnell
For our series promoting manned space exploration and human colonization of our solar system The Arts and Entertainment Magazine wanted to take America’s story back in time to it’s true beginning. We decided to visit Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the location of this country’s first true pioneers of manned flight…..the Wright Brothers.
Orville and Wilbur Wright wanted a site that provided isolation, high dunes, strong winds, and soft landings. The stretch of beach between Kitty Hawk and Nags Head on North Carolina’s Outer Banks proved to be an excellent choice. Their predecessors for this quest included George Cayley, Alphonse Penaud, Otto Lilienthal, and Octave Chanute, but none of these men achieved powered flight. All their machines were based on gliders or flew with the power of brute strength. The Wrights also experimented with gliders but with of the advancement of gasoline engines, the Wright Brothers were able to combine this to their craft to make powered flight feasible. (more…)