National Aviation Day 2023: On August 19, National Aviation Day, we should reflect on the majesty of flight. Yet, certain scientific and technological miracles have become so commonplace that we rarely reexamine their revolutionary impact with an open and inquisitive mind. In just a few generations, aviation has evolved from pure conjecture to a mundane reality that inspires about as much awe as a ride on a Greyhound bus.
This indifference to the miracle of flight is what makes National Aviation Day an outstanding national holiday. Additionally, it occurs on Orville Wright’s birthday!
Let’s examine more closely.
DAY OF NATIONAL AVIATION ACTIVITIES
Journey to North Carolina
What better way to recognise the accomplishments of the Wright brothers than to fly to North Carolina and visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills? Consider it a pilgrimage to the site of the first American flight.
Create your own aircraft
It need not be an actual one, of course. Legos allow for the construction of aircraft. Or, you can opt for the paper aeroplane, a school-days staple.
Gather with a group of friends at a location from which you can observe aeroplane takeoffs and landings. If the mood strikes you, bring refreshments for a “planespotting” picnic!
AWESOME FACTS ABOUT AVIATION
Although it may appear that many people are afraid of flying, only about 6.5% of the population suffers from aviophobia.
About 5 percent of the global population has flown on an aeroplane.
The first U.S. president to travel in an aeroplane was the daring Theodore Roosevelt, who flew on October 11, 1910 in a Wright Flyer.
The Wright Brothers received their mechanical training as bicycle shop proprietors.
A Boeing 747 without its engines can glide approximately two miles for every 1,000 feet above the earth.
NATIONAL AVIATION DAY DATES