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Centennial of flight.(Wright Brothers, 1903)(Biography)

The Wright Brothers' 1903 trip to Kitty Hawk was relatively uneventful, their experience smoothing the way. Their first trip, however, was an arduous ordeal for Wilbur, who went with the 1900 glider several weeks before Orville.

At that time, the barrier islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina were difficult to reach. A boat sailed from Elizabeth City, the closest rail line, just once a week. Wilbur missed that and chartered another boat for the 40-mi. trip, and found it leaky and so foul he refused to eat during the weather-battered two-day trip. Tolerating primitive living conditions that first year, the Wrights slept in a tent that frequently was blown down by the Outer Banks' high winds. …

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