Book Marks Centennial of First Flight School in U.S.

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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