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