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Annual Wright Kite Festival Held

Wright Brothers National Memorial

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The 33rd annual Wright Kite Festival, hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites, was held in Wright Brothers National Memorial last weekend. 

For thousands of years kites have been a simple and fun method of flight.  As teenagers, Wilbur and Orville Wright enjoyed building and flying diamond-shaped kites with the long tails.  In the strong, steady winds of Kitty Hawk, the Wright brothers tested their gliders over the years from 1900 to 1902 by first flying them as kites. The success of their first controlled powered flight on the morning of December 17, 1903, can be traced back to the brother’s 1899 kite in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio.

The event included free stunt kite and power kite lessons, kite building and kite flying for children, giant single line kites, and parachute races among other activities.

Click on the link below for more information on the festival.



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