Flight 18

Milroy – Kill Devil Hills

After takeoff from Mifflin County Airport, I head to Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city. I circle above the pentagonal Fort McHenry, built in 1798 to defend an important local port. I continue my flight over Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, the seat of the President, Congress and the Supreme Court. Interestingly, unlike other major cities in the US, the city has no skyscrapers, due to a 1910 law. High-rise buildings can stand behind the banks of the Potomac River. I continue along the shores of Virginia to the city of Norfolk, a city known for being the largest military port in the world and a major commercial port with one of the largest transshipment points for coal in the world, mined in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky and West Virginia.

One of the other places I can’t miss during my trip around the world is the town of Kill Devil Hills ( there used to be only a hill of the same name) and its First Flight Airport, which also serves as the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright were the creators of the first heavier-than-air airplane. On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright made the first successful pilot-controlled flight in a heavier-than-air, engine-powered Flyer. The flight lasted 12 seconds and Orville flew 37 metres. – After landing at this airport, I visit the nearby memorial.

  • Distance: 663 km
  • Total distance: 11 375.9 km
  • Flight time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Total flight time: 40 hours 54 minute

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