National Geographic : 1955 Oct
© National Geographic Society 508 Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer J. Baylor Roberts Kill Devil Hill Has a Replica of the Workshop Used by the Wright Brothers in 1903 Visitors to the Wright Brothers National Memorial stand beneath bunks like those in which the brothers slept. Furnishings duplicate originals. Cans bear facsimiles of labels shown by half-century-old photographs. *- Page 509: Before its steep slopes were anchored with grass in 1930, winds continually shifted the sands of Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk. Memorial pylon crowning the dune looks north toward the Wright hangar and workshop. Granite boulder circled by a paved road designates the take-off spot of the first successful powered flight in a craft heavier than air. White markers in the distant fairway measure the four flights made by the brothers on the cold, windy morning of December 17, 1903. The fourth and longest spanned 852 feet in 59 seconds.