On this day December 17 in 1903 aviation changed forever

December 17, 2012

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On this day December 17 in 1903 aviation changed forever

Wright Brothers

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On this day December 17 in 1903 – The first successful gasoline-powered airplane flight took place in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Orville and Wilbur Wright made the flight.

A 12 second, 120-foot flight that launched the Age of Aviation on Thursday, December 17, 1903. Wilbur and Orville Wright were successful in making four flights at the base of the big hill that is now a part of the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Nearby Kitty Hawk is frequently cited as the location of the Wright brothers’ first airplane flights.
Wright Brothers Flyer
Wright Brothers National Memorial – Kill Devil Hills North Carolina

Wright Brothers National Memorial - Kill Devil Hills North Carolina

Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills NC

Video: Wright Brothers First Flight, December 17, 1903 – A Day That Shook The World

Video: The History of Pan American Airlines, 1963

Video: Tuskegee Airmen “Wings For This Man” -1945 short film, narrated by Ronald Reagan

Video: Black History in Aviation – Charles Bolden, Administrator of NASA
On May 23, 2009, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Bolden as NASA Administrator.
Bolden was confirmed by the Senate on July 15, 2009. He is the first African American to head the agency on a permanent basis.

Video: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

Video: Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
North Carolina’s largest airport and the future of US Airways and American Airlines


Aviation has changed greatly in North Carolina since 1903

Raleigh-Durham International Airport
In 1985 Raleigh-Durham had 1,381,798 passengers. By year 2000 it had 10,438,585 passangers and in 2011 it had 9,161,279 passengers. It is the 2nd busiest airport in North Carolina.

Raleigh-Durham 1950s

Raleigh-Durham 1950s

Raleigh-Durham International Airport 1980s American Airlines Hub

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Raleigh Durham International Airport


Raleigh Durham International Airport Terminal 2

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
The world’s 6th busiest airports in aircraft movements 2011
Charlotte Douglas Airport

Charlotte Municipal Airport 1971


Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte_Douglas International Airport

Piedmont Triad International Airport
Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point

Piedmont Triad International Airport

Greensboro Piedmont Triad International Airport 01

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