1902 Wright Brothers' Glider Tests
Historic photo of the Wright brothers' third test glider being launched at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on October 10, 1902. Wilbur Wright is at the controls, Orville Wright is at left, and Dan Tate (a local resident and friend of the Wright brothers) is at right.
The 1902 test gliders were extremely important to the development of the first powered airplane. The new glider design was based on the wind tunnel tests performed by the Wrights in 1901. The improvements to the glider included a new rudder that helped provide three-dimensional control of the aircraft.
Hurricane Ophelia. Aqua satellite image of hurricane Ophelia over the coast of North and South Carolina. At this stage Ophelia was a very slow-moving storm, fluctuating between strong tropical storm intensity and category one hurricane intensity. At its peak it had sustained winds of 135 kilometres per hour. Although the eye of the hurricane never made landfall Ophelia still caused considerable damage to North Carolina, especially its barrier islands. It bought down power lines, damaged buildings and stirred up huge waves that caused coastal flooding and beach erosion. Image taken on 13 September 2005.
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Aerial view over Linville Falls
Aerial view over Linville Falls, on the Linville River near the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Mountains, North Carolina, United States of America, North America
© Robert Francis
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