On 17 December 1903 the first powered flight was made by the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, in North Carolina.

The flight lasted just twelve seconds. These pioneers of aviation are credited with being the first to invent an aircraft with the possibility for fixed wing flight.

In 2003 the centenary celebrations saw thousands gather on the spot for a reenactment of the flight with a replica plane.

Carole Coleman interviews president of the Wright Experience Ken Hyde and pilot Kevin Kochersberger.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 December 2003. The reporter is Carole Coleman.