Article by Sarina Houston
National Aviation Day is an American holiday celebrated on August 19th each year, which happens to be Orville Wright’s birthday. Former president Franklin D. Roosevelt was the creator of National Aviation Day, deciding for the first time in 1939 that the nation should celebrate the growth and advancements being made in aviation. And today, we couldn’t agree more.
Wondering how you can observe this holiday? Here are four ways you can share National Aviation Day with others and spread your love for our aviation industry.
Learn About the History of Aviation
Take some time to reflect on the important developments in the history of aviation that led us to where we are today. Read a book about a famous aviator or learn something new about the rise of aviation in America.
Visit Your Local Aviation Museum
Many local museums or historical societies will host special National Aviation Day events, or they might offer a discount for the day’s activities. If you’ve never visited your local aviation museum, National Aviation Day is a great time to go.
Thank an Aviation Industry Employee
You can make a pilot’s day if you thank him or her for a great flight, but don’t forget the rest of the aviation network: Mechanics, dispatchers, line guys, baggage handlers, controllers and engineers all have an equally important role in making the aviation industry what it is. Thank someone who makes aviation possible on this day.
Build a Model (or Paper) Airplane
National Aviation Day is a great day to sit down and build a model airplane just for fun. Or, at the very least, show some spirit around the office with a paper airplane.
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