Summary and Info
When Wilbur and Orville Wright arrived on North Carolina's Outer Banks in the year 1900, they were unknown bicycle mechanics who dreamed of powered flight. Even after they achieved the first heavier-than-air, powered flight in the dunes of Kill Devil Hills on December 17, 1903, they remained obscure. But by the time of Orville's last flights on the Outer Banks in 1911, they were two of the most famous men of the twentieth century. In First in Flight , author Stephen Kirk describes in marvelous detail the undeniable influence that the landscape and people of the Outer Banks had on the Wright brothers' quest for flight and, in turn, the lasting effect that the Wright brothers' success had on this once-desolate region. 314 pages.