Just think: it's only been 100 years since Orville and Wilbur Wright made their historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The first flight lasted only 12 seconds and the Wright Flyer traveled only 120 feet. Although the flight wasn't long by today's standards, it did prove that a machine-powered vehicle could fly and be steered by a passenger. This "small step" has led to our "giant leap" to the moon and beyond!
Congress has authorized the United States Mint to strike three coins to mark this anniversary: a ten-dollar coin (gold), a one-dollar coin (silver), and a half-dollar coin (clad with cupronickel).
As these coins are sold, some of the profits will go to the First Flight Centennial Foundation. The Foundation then can create exhibits and programs and take care of, expand, or replace the facilities at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, which belongs to the National Park Service. The park is on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where the famous first flight took place.
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