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First Flight
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     challenging words:    contraption, gonna, wobbly, amazement, definitely, dune, belly, flyer, fellow, working, nearly, packed, view, roar, thunder, coast
     content words:    North Carolina, Orville Wright, Wilbur Wright


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First Flight
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     "Hey, Jimmy, you gonna do some fishin' today?" asked Jordan as Jimmy walked past the bait and tackle shop.
 
2     "Yah, I was hopin' to give it a go for a little while. Don't know if there will be much runnin' today or not. Sure is cold, ain't it?" asked Jimmy.
 
3     "If you get down there by the straights, you better watch out for them fellers from up north with that flyin' contraption," said Jordan. "Those Wright boys are back at it again. They're gonna mess around and kill themselves with that thing. If folks was meant to fly, they would'a had wings."
 
4     "You may be right, Jordan, but it sure would be fun to be able to glide over the trees like a bird. Just think of the view from up there," said Jimmy as he wandered on down the path to the beach.
 
5     Jimmy heard a loud roar and lots of yelling just as he came around the next sand dune. What in thunder was all that about? He raced to see what was going on.
 
6     Then he saw it. One man was lying flat on his stomach on that big winged thing. Hard to tell what it was, but it had to be that contraption that the Wright boys brought down to the coast of North Carolina from Ohio.
 
7     Just then, it lifted off the ground a little bit. It tipped to the left and then to the right. Then it did some sort of little bobble and nearly went nose first into the sand. After that, the front came up, and it went on over the beach a few more feet. That fellow set it down on the ground just as pretty as you please.
 
8     Jimmy stood there in amazement as he watched the men run to the little craft. Then they all gathered around and helped the man that was on his belly off the machine. They all shook hands and clapped each other on the back. Pretty soon they carried it back up the beach to where they had started from.

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