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National Aviation Day (United States) - 19th August

“Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a presidential proclamation in 1939 which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day. The proclamation may direct all federal buildings and installations to fly the US flag on that day, and may encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation.”   ( 425 more words

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The Man Who Sent Wilbur on the Wright Path

If any fact is known about Dayton, it’s that Wilbur and Orville Wright created their heavier-than-air Flying Machine in Dayton, Ohio. What many don’t know, is that it almost didn’t happen. 615 more words

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August 19th National Aviation Day

Orville and Wilbur Wright did not invent the airplane. There were others before them. The debate of who invented it first goes on-and-on but we know it was not the Wright Brothers. 309 more words

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Opportunity Knocks, 36,000 Feet in the Air

On December 17th, 1903, two brothers took to the skies. Orville and Wilbur Wright’s 12-second inaugural flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina launched a revolution that would affect everything from war to commerce to vacations. 407 more words

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19th August - On This Day In History

Born:

1871 Orville Wright (aviation pioneer)

Died:

1977 Groucho Marx (comedian)

On This Day:

1909 Indianapolis 500 race track is opened

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United States National Aviation Day

I have been fascinated by aviation for my entire life.  The park near where I lived around 6 or 7 years of age featured a stripped World War II bomber (either a B-17 or a B-24, I can’t recall) that us kids loved to climb through and play on.   1,089 more words

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August 14 in history:

According to some aviation experts, the first official airplane flight in America happened on this day in 1901 in Connecticut.  Gustave Whitehead claimed that he flew a plane half-a-mile and reached an altitude of 50 feet.  153 more words

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