National Aviation Day is celebrated to commemorate the importance that aviation brought to mankind. It is a specific time to reflect and appreciate the development of aircraft.
National Aviation Day 2017
National Aviation Day 2017 will be celebrated on a Saturday, August 19th.
National Aviation Day is celebrated on August 19th every year.
National Aviation Day Origin
In 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered an establishment of National Aviation Day. He chose August 19, the birthday of Orville Wright, to honor the first person who successfully flew an aircraft.
The Aviation Story
The Wright Brothers made a mark on history on December 17, 1903. With attempts to use controllers to steer and eventually fly an aircraft, it flew for twelve seconds. Though it only navigated for 120 feet, it created an impact for it was the first aircraft to be navigated using controllers.
National Aviation Day Activities
1) Have a flight story- this activity includes storytelling to children about the Wright brothers’ aircraft invention and the history of flight.
2) Be creative with aircrafts- make miniature aircrafts using colored papers, unused magazines or newspapers.
3) Pay The Wright Brothers National Memorial a visit- situated at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, it is a good place for observation. It is after all, the place where the Wright brothers tinkered with the project.
National Aviation Day 2018
National Aviation Day 2018 will be celebrated on a Sunday, August 19.