A Century of Flight

A series of occasional articles following the centennial anniversary of aviation and exploring the history of flight.

A Century of Flight

For first flight's centennial, reproducing the Wright idea

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - No one knows exactly what the world's first successful airplane - the Wright brothers' 1903 Flyer - looked like when it lifted off a wooden launching rail at Kitty Hawk, N.C., and into history a century ago today.  Read more ...

By Johnathon E. Briggs

Whither wind for Wrights

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Wright Brothers flew into a newspaper fog

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Soaring on the hope of equality

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From The Sun's Archive

Making Orville Wright soar again

Every presentation begins the same: Jim Spence arranges his props - an empty inner tube box, a ball of twine and a stick topped with counter-rotating propellers - on a table before an audience.  Read more ...

From The Sun's Archive

Long-delayed flight to land

The whirling screech of a power drill emanating from inside the chipped white barn can mean only one thing: Andrew King is resurrecting the past.  Read more ...

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Prize lifts would-be spacefarers

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From The Sun's Archive

Trappe resident is 'Wright' pilot for job

A Maryland woman's quest to re-enact the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., 100 years later ended victoriously at a Wisconsin air show yesterday where she was named as one of two "Pilots of the Century."  Read more ...

By Johnathon E. Briggs

Rosy future for flight's past

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Model rockets soar on delicate odyssey

THE PLAINS, Va. - In its three-month odyssey of trial and error, the model rocket code-named R.A.V.E.N. had its share of disasters.  Read more ...

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Wing flap

There are those who would have you believe that on Dec. 17, 1903, in the fishing village of Kitty Hawk, N.C., two men with a penchant for starched white collars and bowler hats did not solve the age-old riddle of human flight.  Read more ...

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Wrights saw airplanes as tools of peace

We think of war and we think of airplanes.  Read more ...

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Soaring to retrace Wright brothers

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