National Geographic : 1941 Aug
Tarheelia on Parade 211 © F. S. Lincoln Atop Kill Devil Hill, a 60-foot Monument Marks the Spot Where Man First Flew From a lofty dune on the Outer Banks, Wilbur and Orville Wright launched their clumsy plane, the forerunner of modern-day Clippers and bombers. Four flights in all were made in 1903, the first 120 feet in 12 seconds, and the fourth and longest 852 feet in 59 seconds. A steel map showing notable flights of the first twenty-five years of aviation is displayed inside. Floodlighted at night, the beacon is an impressive sight among the dunes.