Letters to the Editor

Thad Woodard: RDU should have Wright Brothers theme

Regarding the Nov. 22 news article “2nd Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer hangs in N.C. Museum of History”: Thanks to the North Carolina Museum of History, its leader, Ken Howard, and The News & Observer, for their joint focus on our state’s greatest entrepreneurial innovation and technical enthusiasts, Wilbur and Orville Wright.

A stunning replica of the 1903 Flyer, on loan from the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hills in Dare County, brings to life the pride of all North Carolinians for what was likely man’s greatest technological advancement ... the first flight of a heavier than air aircraft. The event is recognized around the world as a symbol of human achievement and the spirit of mankind never giving up.

Each time I fly in or out of our beautiful airport, I wonder why there is not more evidence of these pioneers throughout a facility whose reason for being goes all the way back to man’s breaking the bonds of earth on Dec. 17, 1903, in the state where we live.

Shouldn’t our modern airport reference this world changing event through installation of art, slogans and replicas while keeping a promotional eye toward the future of flight and modern space exploration? Maybe some day our own travel adventures will take off from Wright Brothers International (RDU)!

Thad Woodard