Book Marks Centennial of 1st Flight School in US

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A new book marks the 100th anniversary of the nation's first flight school, established in Alabama by the famous brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Julie Hedgepeth Williams, a journalism teacher at Samford University in suburban Birmingham, has chronicled their experience in the Deep South with a book titled "Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910."

After the brothers gained renown with the first powered airplane flight at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, they came to Montgomery from their native Ohio to transform a cotton field into the first civilian flight school.

Today, nothing is left of the school. But a white marble marker stands at its site on Maxwell Air Force Base.

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