The Winds of Kitty Hawk

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The Winds of Kitty Hawk
Key art the winds of kitty hawk.jpg
Written byWilliam Kelley
Jeb Rosebrook
Directed byE.W. Swackhamer
StarringMichael Moriarty
David Huffman
Tom Bower
Scott Hylands
Music byCharles Bernstein
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Charles Fries
Producer(s)Lawrence Schiller
CinematographyDennis Dalzell
Editor(s)John A. Martinelli
Running time98 minutes
Production company(s)Charles Fries Productions
DistributorNBC
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseDecember 17, 1978 (1978-12-17)

The Winds of Kitty Hawk is a 1978 American made-for-television biographical film directed by E. W. Swackhamer about the Wright brothers and their invention of the first successful powered heavier-than-air flying machine.[1] It's a tribute to the brothers and was broadcast on December 17, 1978, the 75th anniversary of their famous 1903 first aeroplane flight. It is one of several made-for-television films about historical people in aviation produced in the 1970s, including The Amazing Howard Hughes, Amelia Earhart and The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case.

The film presents the brothers' lives in dramatic vignettes sometimes historically rearranged. The film makes a claimer at the beginning stating that dramatic license being taken but for the most part their story is told chronologically.

In 2012, the film became available on DVD from MGM Limited Edition.[2]

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