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If you haven’t already done it today, take a minute to look up and watch an airplane make its way across the sky. Ponder what the marvel of flight means to you.

A hundred years ago, few thought it possible.

Not the Wright brothers, though. There at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903, Wilbur’s and Orville’s Wright Flyer became airborne for the first time. 12 seconds was all. It covered 120 feet. But it earned the distinction as the first manned powered flight and set in motion developments that revolutionized the world.

Indeed, life without flight now is unimaginable.

Think of all that has occurred during this remarkable century of flight.

Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis!

Yeager eclipsing the speed of sound!

Goddard and his rockets . . . and eventually trips to the moon!

Aircraft, of course, became instruments of war and associated with tragedy . . . and more recently, terror.

Yet, beyond all else airplanes have given us extraordinary mobility. They’ve shrunk our world and expanded our horizons.

On this centennial of one of history’s sentinel events, KSL believes it’s worth each person’s time to pause and reflect on the absolutely astonishing wonder of it all.

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