The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing.The airplane became the first World WideWeb, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values
together — Bill Gates, CEO, Microsoft Corporation.
One fine December morning in 1903, on the sands of Kitty Hawk North Carolina, history was made when the Wright brothers, through their perseverance and diligence, achieved what man had dreamt since the beginning of time – flying like the birds that they had so often seen grace the skies. The first powered, piloted and sustained flight carried Wilbur Wright 120 feet in 12 seconds and the world would never be the same. What took 7-10 days by boat is now achieved in mere 4 hours in the Concorde.
Spurred by this extraordinary success, rapid innovations in aviation followed. The beginning of war ignited a race to combat the skies with a hope for early victory.
The design of the turbine engine signaled the start of the jet transport era. Commercial aviation flourished after the end of the world wars as it far surpassed trains as the preferred mode of transport.
The flight in 1947 by Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier marked the advent of another era in aviation – the age of supersonic flight. But it was not until 1969 that the first Concorde flew.
It was on July 11th, 1969 that Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong summarized this milestone in the now famous sentence: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
Next year marks the centennial celebration of first flight. To honor this occasion and the Wright Brothers, a First Flight Centennial Pavilion is planned to be established at Kitty Hawk. There will be speakers, semi permanent stalls recreating the events of 1903 and other activities.
For more information check the official website for the First Flight Centennial at http://www.firstflightcentennial.org .