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17th December 1903, World’s first controlled powered airplane flight by the Wright Brothers at Kill Devil Hill, the world’s first airport.


Public Event:

29th Sept 2018  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM,

re-opening of the new Visitor Center


Wright Brothers National Memorial

Kill Devil Hill


Light Art:

29th Sept 2018  7:30 PM –

9:00 PM, public event

Susan, Orville and Wilbur Wright's mother was of Swiss ancestry. The Wright Brothers used a swiss stopwatch for the world’s first flight and all other following flights over the next years. The watch was produced by the world’s most famous stopwatch manufacturer GALLET, based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

The stopwatch used by the Wright Brothers is displayed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, USA. 10th March 1910, the first motorized flight in Switzerland took place in the Swiss Alps on the frozen lake of St. Moritz with a Wright Flyer III.


Light Art

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