A horde of aviators and admirers braved a coastal chill to honor the brothers who ushered in the era of motor-driven flight. A full day of events took off this morning to celebrate the wright brothers and the outer banks people who helped them get their first plane not only off the ground, but off the ground verified by witnesses.
The event is not without some controversy, of course, since the good people of Ohio continue to insist that the Wright brothers were Ohioans whose bicycle shop was in Dayton and that 99% of the work done on the first successful heavier-than-air biplane was done there. No argument.
There is even a small, dusty town in the Texas panhandle which claims the first flight was in 1902, a year before the Wright Brothers, and that the craft was designed by a preacher who did all his research and got his inspiration in the Book of Ezekiel. Oh?
Ohio, or even Texas, to the contrary, it is an undeniable, incontrovertible, incontestable fact--with witnesses!--that the first actual flight of a heavier-than-air powered craft happened on a sand dune on North Carolina's Outer Banks on december 17th, 1903, at 10:35 in the morning.