1949 6¢ Wilbur and Orville Wright
Issue Date: December 17, 1949
City: Kitty Hawk, NC
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary press printing
Perforations: 11 x 10 ½
Commemorates the 46th anniversary of the first successful flight of a heavier-than-air powered aircraft. The flight took place on December 17, 1903, at 10:30 a.m. at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Two bicycle repairmen from Dayton, Ohio (Orville and Wilbur Wright) took their revolutionary vehicle to Kitty Hawk, where steady winds and high sand dunes were ideal for their gliding hobby. The very first flight lasted a mere 12 seconds and covered 120 feet.