National Aviation Day | August 19
Sat Aug 19th

National Aviation Day

On August 19th, the pioneers of human flight are commemorated on National Aviation Day.


Humans have been fascinated by flight for centuries, for centuries. Kites are the first to investigate the weather in ancient China. Leonardo da Vinci, an Inventor who invented flight, had many ideas about flight. Humans were lifted into the skies by gliders and balloons, but no one of the inventions gave a person command of where they flew.

The flight was on a powered flight before the powered flight was scheduled to land before the powered flight was launched

Who became pioneers were largely due to the physics of flight and propulsion. When designing fixed-wing aircraft, George Cayley used aerodynamics. His designs would later inspire Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Since propulsion is one of the primary requirements to lift a human into the air for flight, it would make sense that an engine would have the same power. In 1891, Samuel Langley, an astronomer from Boston, built an aerodrome, a steam-powered version. It flew for 3/4ths of a mile.

Langley's first test failed after receiving a grant to build a full-sized aerodrome. He never made another attempt.

First powered flight

Two pioneers eagerly began testing their flight concepts in a bicycle store in Dayton, Ohio. Octave Chanute's 1894 Progress in Flying Machines had studied Orville and Wilbur Wright, Orville, and Wilbur Wright. The brothers are getting to work experimenting with their designs, first with gliders. They eventually decided to add an engine.

Charles Edward Taylor, a 1902 engineer, joined their team in the quest for powered flight. Since automobile manufacturers couldn't have an engine light enough and strong enough, they would have to build it. Taylor, a machine, is scheduled to start constructing the 12-horsepower engine. Taylor took six weeks to build the engine.

The Wrights returned to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, after completing the layout in September of 1903. They had successfully tested their glider just months before. The powered flight was delayed due to setbacks and weather.

The brothers finally felt all was in order, but not until mid-December. Wilbur climbed aboard after flipping a coin to determine who would pilot the machine. The first attempt was unsuccessful, with only flying 3.5 seconds. However, the brothers learned what was going to be done.

Orville took the controls during the next attempt on December 17, 1903, Orville took the reins. The machine was flying for 120 feet after launching. The man flew.

Since that day, aviation has soared into the skies. Its uses were immediately apparent to the military, as the military was alerted. After their triumph, the Wrights worked with the Army for many years.

Now that humans could fly, they pose new challenges – from oceans, around the world, and into space.

How to observe national aviation day is a mystery

Explore the world of aviation. There are so many ways to do it!

  • Learn about the firsts in flight. Read the memoirs and other books about aviation's pioneers. By Tom D. Crough, The Fun of It by Amelia Earhart, Lindbergh, Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Beat All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien, or Three-Eight Charlie: Jerrie Mock's First Woman to Fly Solo by Jerrie Mock
  • Watch a documentary such as The Making of the Boeing 747 or Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention
  • Explore aviation museums
  • Take a flight
  • Learn to fly
  • Build a model plane

Use #NationalAviationDay to post on social media and spread the word.

The national aviation day is the first national aviation day in the United States' history

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established National Aviation Day in 1939 by presidential proclamation designating Orville Wright's birthday for the observance. Orville Wright, 1871, was still alive when President Roosevelt issued the proclamation on August 19, 1871. Orville Wright lived for nine more years until his death in 1948.

The sitting US President's Proclamation USC 36:I:A:1:118 allows the sitting President to name August 19th as National Aviation Day each year. The President's proclamation could order all federal buildings and installations to fly the American flag on the day if desired. The President may encourage citizens to attend the day of aviation-related events.

Aviation FAQ

Q. What kind of jobs are in aviation?

A. Aviation is abundant in opportunities, and pilots aren't the only ones who can profit, and pilots aren't the only ones who can profit. Pilots, engineers, mechanics, safety consultants, air traffic controllers, airport engineers, logistical engineers, and, of course, pilots are all required. Engineers, mechanics, electronics, and, of course, pilots are needed in this field.

Q. Do pilots have to have 20/20 vision?

A. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, first-class and second-class pilots require 20/20 distance-vision with or without correction. With or without correction, a third-class private pilot requires 20/40 distance-vision or better. All pilots need 20/40 near-vision or better with or without correction, whether with or without correction.

Q. Is there an age limit to obtain a pilot's license?

A. Yes. Yes. To start flying lessons, Airplane pilots must be at least 16 years old.