Wright Brothers Day
The day that a man could fly in the air like a bird was an important moment that changed the course of history. This feat was not only unprecedented but also set the stage for many other inventions and ideas that have helped to advance technology and allow us to explore space. The plane has made the world smaller and more accessible for people. Two brothers from Ohio, Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright, were there at the start of it all.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States, declared September 24, 1959, the anniversary of Wright Flyer’s maiden flight, 1903, a codified holiday. It is a day that is marked on the government calendars but it is not technically a holiday. Since then, it has been observed every year in honor of pioneering efforts of the Wrights and to highlight the history of aviation technology.
Many historians and laypeople accept that the Wright Brothers invented the airplane. There are many competing claims, making it difficult to know if they were the first to fly heavier-than-air.
Despite competing claims, the Wright Flyer was the first American-patented aircraft. Wilbur and Orville Wright continued their experiments in the first ten years of the 20th Century, which would be crucial to the creation of the plane. Simply put, although we will never know who flew before the Wrights in flight, it is clear that their contributions are significant to aviation’s history.
While many people today may think the Wright Flyer is old-fashioned because of its photos, it was the cutting edge in aviation technology back when it was built in 1903.
The president of the United States issues an annual proclamation inviting Americans, each year, to observe Wright Brothers Day. This day will feature activities and ceremonies honoring two very important figures in the history of the globe. The annual Wright Brothers Dinner is held in Washington D.C. where the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy will be presented.
Celebrations are also planned in Kitty Hawk (North Carolina), where the Wright Flyer made its maiden flight, and in Dayton, Ohio. This is the home of the Wright brothers. Other activities include luncheons to honor the Wright brothers, school activities that focus on aviation, as well as field trips to airports or museums.
It’s time for Wright Brothers’ Day celebrations!
All across the USA, events and happenings are planned to honor two brothers on this historic anniversary. These are some ideas to celebrate the occasion with your friends or on your own.
If you want to celebrate Wright Brothers Day then a great place to start is to visit an aviation museum, take a plane spotting tour at a local airport or fly to somewhere far away. These are some of the most interesting museums and airspace sites in America that can be visited on this special day.
For those who are interested, many smaller airports offer flight instruction. You will have a unique experience flying in a smaller plane than in a commercial aircraft. Learning to fly a plane is a thrilling adventure, whether you are enrolled in a flight school or working as a freelance instructor.
Drones are also becoming more popular. Although the Wrights were the pioneers of manned flight, it is possible to learn how to fly a drone and get on the cutting edge in aviation.