Wright Brothers Day commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane, that were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Where would Wichita, Kansas be without the aviation industry?
National Aviation Day, August 19, celebrates the myriad of amazing contributions, inventions, and developments leading to and resulting from human flight.
The observance was established by a presidential proclamation in 1939, which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day.
Ok, you who reside in Wichita Kansas — designated the Air Capital of the World — did you know about this national observance? I didn’t. Somehow I think if you live in this city you should know such a thing! For those who don’t live in this fair city, more aircraft are manufactured here than any other city. It is the backbone of our economy (slightly bent outta shape right now, maybe it’s scoliosis). As far as flying into or out of the Air Capital — forget it! Limited airlines service the small city, and I don’t think you can fly anywhere but maybe Kansas City nonstop. Oh, and Atlanta, because AirTran does provide service and their hub is in Atlanta.
What’s shaking with you today?