Though they followed their dreams and took flight for the first time in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright began their journey into the history books in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio. In Dayton they owned a printing business and a series of bicycle shops, including Wright Cycle Co., where they built their own bikes and gained the mechanical experience and financial resources needed to fuel their experiments leading to human flight. Those experiments — and their successes — forever changed the way we travel.
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The air that links the soft blue North Carolina sky and the sandy beach below is filled with seabirds. Technically, this is the troposphere, that realm of space between the ground and heavens where weather happens and planes fly.