Innovation and paranoia on the Outer Banks

Book coverLarry E. Tise’s “Conquering the Sky: The Secret Flights of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk” tells the story of the Wright Brothers’ struggles with the press. As late as 1908 they wanted to keep their accomplishment secret until all the kinks were worked out, and they thought the Outer Banks suitably remote.

People were already talking – the fishermen, the crewmen at the nearby lifesaving station who’d been so helpful in 1903 and others.

These men loved to talk and tell tales, and frankly, not much else was happening on the Outer Banks in 1908.