National Park Week Quiz #6 Revealed: A Machine That Changed Our World

A 1903 Wright Flyer replica is the star exhibit at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Bob Janiskee photo

The mystery photo featured in National Park Week Quiz #6 shows part of the 1903 Wright Flyer replica on display in the visitor center at Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina’s Outer Banks region. The tightly cropped photo shows part of the sprocket-and-chain mechanism connecting the craft’s rear-mounted propeller to the engine.

The plane displayed in the park’s visitor center is a replica of the piloted, powered, heavier-than-air craft that became the world’s first successful airplane when it was flown four times at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903. The original plane (with new fabric covering) is displayed in the Milestones of Flight Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Congratulations to the Traveler readers who identified the mystery photo: chip, jchappell740, robertnc28, EEW, Btexan, SCA, celbert, Caprice Kutz, Ranger Dave, RoadRanger, MET, andcla03, and last but not least, an exhausted but triumphant Eric. All are eligible for Traveler’s National Park Week prize drawing and a chance to win a National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for a national park of their choice.