National Aviation Day

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When Celebrated

Always on August 19th


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About the Holiday

National Aviation Day celebrates one of the most amazing engineering inventions created, human flight. Orville Wright and his brother, Wilbur created the first successful airplane. In 1903, Orville piloted the first successful flight that took him 120 feet in 12 seconds. It was the first self-powered flight in history. August 19th is Orville's birthday and each year this day is set aside to celebrate what he and his brother did for aviation and to celebrate the achievement of human flight. This holiday has been celebrated since 1939.

Gift Guidelines

  • Aviation related gifts
  • Flying experience gift
  • Plan a trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
  • Book/DVD on the history of flight

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