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All About the Holidays: National Aviation Day

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(male narrator) National Aviation Day is observed on August 19, the birthday of Orville Wright. Orville, along with his brother Wilbur, invented the first successful airplane that could stay in the air and be controlled. Their historic first flight occurred on December 17, 1903. No longer was human flight considered impossible. Soon, U.S. airmail and scheduled passenger airline service took off. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh, a U.S. airmail pilot, made the first solo flight, without stopping, across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1932, Amelia Earhart, another pioneer, was the first woman to fly alone without stopping across the Atlantic. Lindbergh and Earhart got people excited about flying and became American heroes. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt established National Aviation Day on August 19 as a way to celebrate these achievements. Now, each year, citizens are invited to explore flight by visiting an aviation museum or enjoying activities that teach us about aviation. Have you ever wanted to pilot an airplane?

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Students can take to the skies and celebrate National Aviation Day on August 19th. Inspire an interest in design, engineering, and exploration with this look back on aviation history. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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