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The Winds of Kitty Hawk (1978)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History  -  17 December 1978 (USA)
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The story of the Wright Brothers and the events that led to the famous first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Huffman ...
William Tate
Robin Gammell ...
H.A. Toumlin
Scott Hylands ...
Glenn Curtiss
Kate Wright
Bishop Milton Wright
Prof. Samuel Langley
Joseph Bernard ...
Mayor of New York
Lew Brown ...
Harlan Mumford
Carole Tru Foster ...
Agnes Osborne
Ace Hutchin
Mo Malone ...
Elizabeth Mayfield
Robert Casper ...


The story of the Wright Brothers and the events that led to the famous first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC.

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The usage of mountainous southern California landscape as a backdrop for the Wrights' Dayton Ohio experiments of 1904 and 1905 is conflicting. In original surviving photos of the Dayton Ohio terrain, the surrounding area is shown to be flatlands. See more »

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Well Done Historical Review of the Wright Brothers
9 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I will not provide a complete review as others have done.

I am most impressed with the video footage of the early Wright aircraft flying. This is an excellent story of the Wrights and not soon to be recreated since many of the scenes were shot using a series of replicas of the Wright's gliders and aircraft and some were built and flown with the help of NASA. NASA released some of the details in the 1970s. Some of the replicas were tested in NASA wind tunnels. This film is the only place you can go for historically accurate video footage of Wright aircraft flying. This is a historically important film and should be reproduced on DVD.

A couple other notes; other have said that Michael Moriarty's portrayal of Wilbur Wright was 'wooden' or less than an award winning portrayal. Based on my extensive readings of Wilbur, the damage to his teeth and jaw during hockey games, his quiet and introspective nature, I am not at all certain that the portrayal is inaccurate at all. He was said to be stoic, quiet, and rarely smiled. I would like to see more on the accuracy of the portrayals of Alexander Graham Bell and Glen Curtis.

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