Many years later, I was a passenger on a commercial airliner on final at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. A terrific thunderstorm over the field caused the aircraft to violently shake and bounce us about the cabin. The violence terrified a fellow passenger, a lady seated by the window (I always chose aisle seats). She had in her hands a rosary, feverishly praying. I was surprised smoke wasn't rising from those hands.
Texas, not North Carolina, was "First in Flight". Joseph Brodbeck launched and flew his aircraft 40 years before the Wright brothers set off for Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with their airplane.