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The North Carolina quarter celebrates the first airplane flight, with a picture of Orville and Wilbur Wright's plane taking off and the inscription "First Flight."  They said it couldn't be done.  But on December 17, 1903, at the beach near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, a man actually flew through the air.

The pilot was Orville Wright, who with his brother, Wilbur, designed the first motorized flying machine.  Called the Flyer, it traveled a distance of approximately 37 meters (120 feet) on its first flight, staying in the air for twelve seconds.  The Wright brothers chose the Kill Devil Hills beach near Kitty Hawk for a good reason.  They had soft sand for a gentler landing.

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North Carolina
Nickname
The Tar Heel State
Capital
Raleigh
Statehood
November 21, 1789
The North Carolina Quarter


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