The history of manned flight is only
a little over a century old. Besides air balloons, the only way to
fly was to jump off a cliff, but unfortunately you could only purchase a
one way ticket. However, in 1903, Orville Wright piloted an airplane
built by himself and his brother Wilbur a distance of 120 feet and
Aviation History was made. To commemorate this event and all subsequent
events and innovations that have contributed to the improvement of air
flight, a National Aviation Day was created. The first proclamation
was by President Roosevelt in 1939, and a proclamation has been made every
year since. The holiday is celebrated on August 19th, the birthday
of Orville Wright.
National Aviation Day Facts and Information
Aviation Hall of Fame (official): Information, history and facts about
Aviation Day (Rumela's Web): History and Information on the holiday.
Brothers National Memorial (Nat'l Park Service): Information and
schedule events on the birthplace of aviation.
History Online Museum (official): Information, pictures and history of
History of Aviation and Modern Rocketry (TheSpacePlace): History of
aviation through modern space flight.
of Flight (AIAA): Information and history of flight from throughout
This is not a traditional gift
giving holiday. However, this day could be remembered though giving gifts
with an aviation theme - airplanes, helicopters, balloons, gliders,
spaceships or birds in flight.
National Aviation Day Gift Ideas:
Airplane tickets to anywhere -
just so you can fly
Local Hot Air Balloon or
Model airplane or spaceship
Items emblazoned with things
Training Books on How to Fly
Books & Magazines on Flying
Movies about flight