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Soaring Flight: ECU students study Wright Brothers’ flights in 1911

(Oct. 21, 2011)   —   East Carolina University students have focused on Wright Brothers’ discovery of  “Soaring Flight” in an exhibit that documents their last expedition to Kitty Hawk in 1911.

In the years following their first flight powered on the Outer Banks in 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright continued to push the boundaries of flying. They returned to Kitty Hawk to conduct experiments in unpowered “soaring flight.” The ECU exhibit in Joyner Library commemorates the centennial of Orville Wright’s record-setting soaring flight of almost 10 minutes on Oct. 24, 1911 at Kill Devil Hills.