Samford University journalism professor Julie Hedgepeth Williams will speak in Kitty Hawk, N.C., Friday, Dec. 17, at the 107th
anniversary celebration of powered flight
by Orville Wright Dec. 17, 1903. Dr. Williams is the author of the book, Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama 1910
, released last year. She will speak at the annual First Flight Society luncheon.
and Orville Wright chose Kitty Hawk to conduct their flying experiments
because of its regular breezes off the Atlantic Ocean and its soft
sandy landing areas. After refining
their powered flying machine over the next few years, they came to
Montgomery in the spring of 1910 to open the nation’s first flying
school at what later became Maxwell Air Force Base.
who teaches media history and other classes in Samford’s journalism and
mass communication department, was born at Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base near Dayton, Ohio, the
Wright brothers’ home. She has been interested in Wright brothers
history for many years.