PREFACE

On December 17, 2003, aviation enthusiasts worldwide, including President Bush, converged on a small hamlet on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to pay homage to two of America’s most famous citizens, Wilbur and Orville Wright. The cause of their journey was the centennial celebration of what many believe to be the event of the 20th century: history’s first heavier-than-air, powered and controlled flight. Even a chilly rain and two aborted attempts to fly a replica of the Wright Flyer failed to dampen the spirits of those gathered at the Wright Brothers National Monument. At 10:35 A.M., a hush fell as the crowd paused to remember the moment when two brothers conquered the air and changed the face of the world forever.

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