National Aviation Day, observed each year on Aug. 19, celebrates the history of aviation in the U.S. and its importance to communities and citizens around the country – a sentiment shared by the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign.
The day coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright, who together with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to powered flight. It was first observed in 1939, via a proclamation from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The Wright brothers are given credit for building the world’s first successful airplane with aircraft controls that enabled them to steer the plane. Orville Wright made the first flight for 12 seconds and 120 feet around the site of Wright Brothers National Memorial on Dec. 17, 1903.
National Aviation Day provides industry stakeholders with an opportunity to also highlight the importance of business aviation, which is vital to job creation; business efficiency and productivity; keeping communities connected with each other and the world and supporting worthy humanitarian endeavors.