Established by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, National Aviation Day is an official day of observation celebrating the development of aeronautics, held annually on the anniversary of aviation pioneer Orville Wright’s birthday. On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright and his brother Wilbur conducted the first controlled flight of a power-driven airplane, a groundbreaking innovation that provided the foundation for modern aeronautics. Air shows are held nationwide in recognition of National Aviation Day, featuring fleets of jets and other military aircraft booming through the sky — the biggest among them is the Chicago Air and Water Show, held on the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago and attended by more than two million people annually.
“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.” —
Orville Wright, American Aviation Pioneer