Transportation makes our lives easier and better and it also plays a major role in the development of the world. Air transport is one of the most important transportation that reshaped the business and travel industry. There are many advantages of air transportation from high speed to being able to travel almost anywhere in the world it also provides various benefits. Read on to know facts about National Aviation Day.
When Is National Aviation Day?
National Aviation Day was established in 1939 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The president proclaimed August 19 as National Aviation Day to honor Orville’s Wright. August 19 was the birthday of Orville Wright, the first person to successfully fly an airplane. Orville Wright was alive when the president issued the proclamation and he continued to live for nine more years and died in 1948 at the age of 76.
Why Is National Aviation Day Celebrated?
The National Aviation Day is celebrated to commemorate Orville Wright’s birthday and also to encourage the people to engage in activities that show respect and appreciation for aviation and its development. In order of National Aviation Day, we’ve clubbed some National Aviation Day facts and National Aviation Day history facts.
Whose Birthday Is Celebrated as National Aviation Day?
- A. Orville Wright
- B. Sir George Cayley
- C. Wilbur Wright
- D. Franklin Roosevelt
Facts about National Aviation Day
- National Aviation Day is a federal observance but not a national holiday.
- Each year the President of the United States may proclaim to designate August 19 as National Aviation Day.
- It is said that in the 1st century AD, Wang Meng, a Chinese Emperor ordered a soldier to fix two bird wings in his back, and the soldier flew nearly 100 meters.
- The father of Aviation is Sir George Cayley, an English engineer. He designed aircraft in 1799 and by the middle of the 19th century, he built and flew in gliders. And the Wright brothers are called the parents of Aviation.
- Aviophobia, the fear of flight, affects only about 6.5 percent of the population.
- The first president to fly in a flight was Theodore Roosevelt.
- The word ‘airport’ means a ventilation window in a ship in the 1780s.
- Jetting across the Atlantic became highly prestigious and fashionable in the 1970s
- Airlines were not allowed to set their own fares. To attract people, the airlines introduced stylish and colorful uniforms for flight attendants.
- Boeing 747 jumbo jet weighs equal to 67 typical African elephants.
- Aviation is the second safest mode of transportation.
How to Celebrate National Aviation Day?
You can celebrate National Aviation Day in the following ways-
- You can conduct interactive tasks about airplanes and their history with your friends and family.
- You can visit aviation museums or visit Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina.
- Children can build their model airplanes with craft and paper.
- Watch aviation-themed documentaries or films.
- Enjoy spotting flights on your terrace.
Do the above-mentioned activities and post on your social media by using #NationalAviationDay.