Wright Brothers Day on December 17 recognizes the first time Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully flew their heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled aircraft in 1903.

The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane Paperback – January 1, 1991

by Russell Freedman
The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane Paperback – January 1, 1991

by Russell Freedman

As we depart for Christmas travel, you might want to fondly remember these two inventors. As many of us indeed board a plane to see family at Christmas. Without them your travel could take a lot longer than an airport security line. Learn more.

In the United States, the day has been observed nationally since 1959 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation declaring December 17 as Wright Brothers Day.

Wright Brothers: First in Flight
Wright Brothers: First in Flight

How to Celebrate?

  • Read more about the history of aviation.
  • Visit your local aviation museum and learn about the science behind building a safe, fast and efficient aircraft.
  • If you have always wanted to learn how to fly, why not start lessons on this day?
The Wright Brothers Hardcover – May 5, 2015

by David McCullough
The Wright Brothers Hardcover – May 5, 2015

by David McCullough

Did You Know…

…that Orville and Wilbur were the only two in their immidiate family never to attend college?

Ptime is a perfect gift
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