The sculpture depicts the Wright Brothers' flight at Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, as photographed by John T. Daniels. Just as in the photograph, Orville Wright is at the controls of a Wright Brothers' Model B Flyer and Wilbur Wright stands off to one side. Under the plane there are two extensions that support the plane and recreate the instant of lift-off. The plane has electronically powered propellers and other moving parts that are occasionally turned on. There is a designated "photo station" behind the sculpture that enables the viewer to see the scene from the same angle at which John T. Daniels photographed it.