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Marine aviation honored at 109th anniversary of first flight

A flag flies at half-staff in honor of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as the National Wright Brothers Memorial looms in the background on the 109th anniversary of the first powered flight, Dec. 17 at Kitty Hawk, N.C. On that date 109 years ago, aviation became a reality when Orville Wright flew in a machine heavier than air for 12 seconds.



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This work, Marine aviation honored at 109th anniversary of first flight [Image 3 of 3], by Cpl Brian Adam Jones, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.17.2012

Date Posted:12.19.2012 16:57

Photo ID:804421

VIRIN:121217-M-UC900-001

Resolution:3744x5616

Size:1.77 MB

Location:KITTY HAWK, NC, USGlobe

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