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Wilbur Wright, [Diary Entry], April 1908

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[11 April 1908, Saturday - Wilbur Wright Diary, Kill Devil Hills, NC]

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Fair. Wind. W. Strong after 9 a.m.; more then 20 miles most of day.

Went down to camp with Spencer Midgett and Augustus Harris to get lumber down.

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Walked over to Station with my suitcase and returned to camp before dinner. Wind so strong I could not use tape line so I made a 16-foot pole out of a piece of the 1902 glider and learn from the men at the Station that the 1903 building was in good shape till last Christmas except that the north end was undermined by the wind. The unsupported part swayed about till it went to pieces and finally a violent storm blew the balance of it down to strike various relics of the 1901, 1902, and 1903 machines. A few months ago some boys stopped at the camp and ripped the cloth of the 1902 surfaces and ripped up our cots. The floors of both buildings are a foot under the sand. Two of the carbide cans are still on hand somewhat rusted but not as badly as I would have expected. The pump is over at the Station but so badly rusted that it cuts up leathers as fast as they can be put in. Will order a new one ($3.00). Spent

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night at Kill Devil Station. The crew is as follows: Capt. J.E. Ward, Bob Westcott, W.S. Douglas, Uncle Benny O’Neal, W.O. Twifert, W.W. Midgett, Willis Tillett.

Weather Data for 11 April 1908

[12 April 1908, Sunday - Wilbur Wright Diary, Kill Devil Hills, NC]

Fair. Wind [at] 8 a.m. N.E., 10-11 meters [per sec.]; noon, top of hill, 15 m.; 4 p.m. S.E., 3-4 m.

On rising found the wind on the beach near the Station about 20 miles an hour. About noon I went over to the Big Hill and found the wind on top as high as 15 meters per sec. Measured height of hill and found it about 102 ft. The shape of the horns has apparently changed somewhat. Toward evening the wind swung around to S.E. and dropped to about 3 meters and later to two meters or less. The evening was beautiful, the moon being almost full. Received this morning letters from K.W. & M.W. written Wednesday.

Weather Data for 12 April 1908

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Citation: Diary entry, April 1908. Diary of Wilbur Wright, Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.
Location: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

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