National Aviation Day

The Wright Brothers First Heavier-than-air Flight - GPN-2002-000128What is National Aviation Day?

National Aviation Day is a day of observance in the U.S. that celebrates the history and development of aviation. President Franklin Roosevelt issued a presidential proclamation that established the holiday in 1939.

When is National Aviation Day?

National Aviation Day is celebrated on August 19, the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane with aircraft controls that enabled him to steer the plane and, along with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to aviation and powered flight.

How do people celebrate National Aviation Day?

One way to celebrate National Aviation Day is by visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina.

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