Local Pilots Celebrate 100th Anniversary

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

It was a rainy, dreary day in Kitty Hawk N.C. December 17, 1903, when brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright took the first ever powered airplane flight. It was a day that, little did they know, would go down in history forever.

"The accomplishment of the Wright brothers’ flight 100 years ago in powered flight gave us innumerable benefits that really have changed the world," says local pilot Jeff Dix.

A number of area pilots took flight on the 100th anniversary to remember the brothers, a day they called the first flight celebration. History was reenacted near Kitty Hawk Wednesday morning, and just like the first flight attempt, weather prevented the replica plane from taking off right away.

“It’s a wonderful feeling you get when flying, if it weren't for the Wright brothers we wouldn't be able to do that," says local pilot Syd Cohen.

Another interesting fact, the Wright brothers' first flight lasted only 12 seconds.

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