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100th Anniversary of Orville Wright world record

October 24, 2011 - UNITED STATES

Orville Wright soared through the air for 9 minutes and 45 seconds in October 1911 -- a record that was to remain unbeaten for a decade afterward. One century later, historians and flight enthusiasts will gather in North Carolina in an attempt to recreate the feat. The Soaring Society of America, the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and the Vinatage Sailplane Association are to join forces on the weekend of Oct 21-24 on the sand dunes of Kill Devil Hills to celebrate both the Wright brothers' achievement and fly historical and modern gliders. Three replica Wright 1911 gliders are expected to take part in the celebration.A historical symposium, organized by the National Air and Space Museum, hopes to inform the tens of thousands of expected visitors about the earliest glider pioneers from Cayley, Lilienthal, Chanute, Pilchre, the Wrights all the way up to modern

Orville Wright soared through the air for 9 minutes and 45 seconds in October 1911 -- a record that was to remain unbeaten for a decade afterward. One century later, historians and flight enthusiasts will gather in North Carolina in an attempt to recreate the feat. The Soaring Society of America, the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and the Vinatage Sailplane Association are to join forces on the weekend of Oct 21-24 on the sand dunes of Kill Devil Hills to celebrate both the Wright brothers' achievement and fly historical and modern gliders. Three replica Wright 1911 gliders are expected to take part in the celebration. A historical symposium, organized by the National Air and Space Museum, hopes to inform the tens of thousands of expected visitors about the earliest glider pioneers from Cayley, Lilienthal, Chanute, Pilchre, the Wrights all the way up to modern times. ; STORY BY NEWSAHEAD CORRESPONDENT LAWRENCE SMALLMAN

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Date written/update: 2011-10-24