It all started HERE -- First Flight Airport

first flight airport

On December 17th, 1903, the Wright Brothers flew for the first time in the KillDevil Hills in North Carolina. This event would spark a new era of travel, exploration and discovery and would change the world forever.

I’ve always wanted to go back to where it all began. So that’s exactly what I did.

I met up with my friend Dave at Cape Fear Aviation Flight Training just south of Fayetteville. This is an awesome flight school with a great personal touch and huge success rates for students.

Dave and I would spend a few days flying around North Carolina, with our biggest mission being going to First Flight Airport, KFFA.

The Wright Brothers picked the KillDevil Hills on the outer banks for a reason. The winds were almost constantly blowing, more than anywhere else to their knowledge.

They’d spend years preparing for the big day. They’d test and tweak, tinker and toil. Eventually they found a design and worked well.

They flew for only 12 seconds and only went 120 feet. But subsequent flights would see them go further and further. This first powered flight would be the only to take off under its own power, remain airborne and land, all under control.

While it was Wilbur Wright that made the first official flight, they were both partners in arms.

If you’d like to know more about the Wright Brothers and their amazing journey, I highly recommend reading their book by David McCullough.

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Hi (again), Chris.

Tears fall down my cheeks for seeing you in that dreamed place, where everything began.

I remember as if it were yesterday, December 17th., 2003 …. I had to go to the airport in my city (SKBG) to allow my soul to rest; a sense of longing … mixed with nostalgia for the centennial of such a wonderful moment .

And suddenly, in this video…. watching you rejoicing when you jump, so close to the totem … releasing that child that flies from our childhood and keeps our soul alive, our flame burning.

Now I have three (3) compelling reasons why I beg God for allowing me to go to the United States of America

1. To visit the FFA, its museums and places

2. To visit Richard Bach in Seattle

3. Then, go further north… to Alaska to be able to give you a hug and if it is possible, to fly in your academy.

All the best for you and your family

Throttle On!

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