August 19

Buckle your seatbelts and get ready for liftoff, as August 19 is National Aviation Day.

Today is the perfect day to be thankful for the power of flight and the incredible impact that it has had on our species.

What Is National Aviation Day?

National Aviation Day takes is a United States national holiday that celebrates the development and advancements of aviation. 

A History of National Aviation Day

National Aviation Day was first established back in 1939 thanks to Franklin Roosevelt. He issued a presidential proclamation to celebrate the day on the birthday of Orville Wright. Orville Wright, for those of you who don’t know, was one of the Wright Brothers from North Carolina. They were the first people to complete a sustained flight with a true aircraft.

How To Celebrate National Aviation Day

There are plenty of ways to celebrate National Aviation Day. If you are around the North Carolina region, you can visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial, the spot where the very first American flight took off. 

If you’re feeling crafty, you can build your own model airplane!

Whatever you do, make sure to hashtag #NationalAviationDay to let others know you are celebrating!

Taking Flight – National Aviation Day

Though we are now looking to space as our next destination, National Aviation Day is there to remind us just how lucky we truly are. After all, men from a century ago would’ve told you that you were crazy if you said you could jet across the world in massive flying machine hundreds of miles above the ground. Happy National Aviation Day!

“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.”

– Orville Wright