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Kill Deviil Hills N. C. November 4th 1928. To Whom it may concern. This is to cer^[[t]]iry that W. ^[[S]]Dough, A.D. Etheridge,and John Moore who are all three eye witnesses of the first flight made by Orville Wright at Kill Devil Hills on December the 17th 1903,assembled at Kill Devil Hills on this date at the request of W.J.Tate (acting for The National Aeronautical Association) for the purpose or agreeing upon and marking for the said Association,the spot where the Wrights Aeroplane first began to move along the ground when this first flight was made. We understand that this was required so as to enable The Association to erect a memorial upon the place where the first flight actually began,and to prevent the possibility of any future dispute as to the right location. Beginning with the site or the building which housed The Wrights Plan at the time, distinctly remembering the wind direction at the time,and that the truck was laid directly in the wind,coroborating our memory on these facts by the records of the Weather bureau, remembering that We helped bring the machine from the building and placed it on the track, referring to distances laid down in feet in Orville wrights article "How We made our First flight" We proceeded to agree upon the spot,and We individually and collectively state without the least mental reservation that the spot We located is as near correct as it is humanly possible to be with the date in hand to work from after a lapse of twenty five years. We marked the spot with a copper pipe driven into the ground. We further state,that W. ^[[S]].Dough, A.D.Etheridge and John Moore are the only persons living who were present on Dec 17th 1903 when Orville Wright made that first flight,except J.T.Daniels(who resides in Edenton N.C.) and Who it was impossible to have present at the time,and Orville Wright himself. Respectfully submitted. Attest. ^[[ [[signature]] W. J. Tate [[signature]] ]] Acting for the National Aeronautic Association. ^[[ [[signature]] A. D. Etheridge [[/signature]] ]] (Seal) ^[[ [[signature]] W. S. Dough [[/signature]] ]] (Seal) ^[[ [[signature]] J T Moore [[/signature]] ]] (Seal)
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