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We laid the track on a smooth stretch of ground about one hundred feet north of the new building. The biting cold wind made work difficult, and we had to warm up frequently in our living room, where we had a good fire in an improvised stove made of a large carbide can. By the time all was ready, J.T. Daniels, W.S. Dough and A.D. Etheridge, members of the hill Devil Life Saving Station; W.C. Brinkley of Manteo, and Johnny Moore, a boy from Nags Head, had arrived.

We had a "Richard" hand anemometer with which we measured the velocity of the wind. Measurements made just before starting the first flight showed velocities of 11 to 12 meters per second, or 24 to 27 miles per hour. Measurements made just before the last night gave between 9 and 1 0 meters per second. One made just after showed a little over 8 meters. The records of the Government Weather Bureau at Kitty Hawk gave the velocity of the wind between the hours of 10:30 and 1 2 o'clock, the time during which the four lights were made, as averaging 27 miles at the time of the first flight and 24 miles at the time of last.

The Wright bothers built the famous Wright Flyer in Dayton, Ohio during the summer of 1903. They returned to Kitty Hawk with the aircraft in September. Flight trails began in December. View of Flyer from right side. View of Flyer from the front.