Friday, August 19, 2011

Happy Aviation Day!

National Aviation Day is celebrated on August 19 every year, commemorating the development of aviation! This day of observation was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation designating the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday to be National Aviation Day (Mr. Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued). 

First flight of the Wright Flyer I, December 17, 1903, 
Orville piloting, Wilbur running at wingtip.

Looking for a place to celebrate? If you're in the DC area, definitely check out the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of historic air and spacecraft. Check here for four other locations in the country. 

Not located near one of these museums? has a list of the top 10 best (and worst) aviation films!

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