KMi's FirstFlight Web Site Receives 80,000 Hits in one day!Peter Whalley, Tuesday 06 January 2004 | Annotate
December 17th was the centenary of the pioneering flight made by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk and the firstflight web site received more than 11,000 visitors. The firstflight web site was developed in the early days of KMi as a test-bed for web based virtual science projects. One simulation was of the Wright Brothers' highly unstable 1903 Flyer, and this has led to the site now being at #5 on a Google search for 'Wright Brothers'. A video recreation of the first flight, first devised as an April Fools joke, may also have contributed to the hit rate as the replica flown on the centenary just flopped into the mud.