Profile America — Tuesday, December 17th. Carolina's Outer Banks, as the Wright brothers made the world's first powered, heavier-than-air flight. With Orville and Wilbur alternating as pilot, the plane made four flights that day. The first airplane flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. The longest distance covered that day was 852 feet in 59 seconds — an average speed of 31 miles an hour. In only a few years, the airplane became an important part of America's economy and defense, as well as a form of transportation relied upon by an increasing number of people. Now, there are 265 aircraft manufacturers in the U.S., making and rebuilding planes worth just over $90 billion year. Profile America is in its17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
2007 Economic Census, NAICS 336411