On a cold, brisk December 17th morning in 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made four flights, with the longest lasting 57 seconds in a powered flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The aviation age was underway.

   The telegram back to Dayton, Ohio, read: “Success four flights Thursday morning started from level with engine alone .... Press home Christmas.
Orevelle (sic) Wright.”
   North Carolina had several important developments in the aviation business, including the creation of Piedmont Airlines by NC Business Hall of Fame laureate Tom Davis
   In Elizabeth City, there was the Taft Airplane Company which operated briefly in the late 1920s.

The first flight of the Wright
flyer, Dec. 17, 1903 with
Orville at the controls.

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