Did you know why the Wright brothers selected Kitty Hawk?

Why Kitty Hawk?

Did you know the Wright brothers chose Kitty Hawk, NC as the site for their experiments between 1900 and 1903? Wilbur wrote to the U.S. Weather Service to ascertain where they might find consistent winds needed for flying their first of three gliders. Kitty Hawk, seventh on the Weather Service’s list of potential sites, also offered seclusion and soft sand for hard landings. A follow-up letter from the Kitty Hawk postmaster William Tate said they would find “no friendlier people anywhere” and that sealed the deal. Kitty Hawk would become the Wrights’ home away from their Dayton, OH hometown from late summer to late fall for the next four years.




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