National Aviation Day is a US holiday that celebrates growth and advancements in aviation. The celebration coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright. The holiday was proclaimed in 1939 by President Franklin Roosevelt. It is now recognized and celebrated all over the country. National Aviation Day 2017 falls on Saturday August 19th. Many aviation museums and educational institutions are offering free or discounted admission and special events.
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
To celebrate the National Aviation Day 2017, Delta Airlines is providing free admission to the Henry Ford Museum. Special events will be offered throughout the day. Hands-on activities include wind tunnel testing, paper airplane design and testing, and rocket launches. Early aircraft, including a 1939 Sikorsky VS-300A, will be on display. To give visitors the experience of being on a functional aircraft carrier, a 45 minute 3D experience is available. A Delta Airlines pilot will be at the event to talk about careers in aviation.
Outer Banks Wright Brothers National Memorial
Visitors that attend the National Aviation Day celebration at the Wright Brothers National Memorial will have their choice of over seven different activities. The day begins with a 9:45am opening ceremony. The National Park Service is offering activity booklets for children, successful completion of the pack earns a junior ranger badge. NASA Langley Research Center is bringing the Centennial Experience Trailer that showcases aviation accomplishments and houses NASA artifacts. Kitty Hawk Kites will show guests how to make a kite using the Wright Brothers design and provide stunt kite lessons. Park entry fees will be waived during the celebration. For more details, visit: https://www.outerbanks.org/event/national-aviation-day/833/
National Museum of the US Air Force
There is an entire complex of facilities dedicated to aviation history in Dayton Ohio. Admission is free at the National Museum of the US Air Force. Multiple exhibits chronicle the Wright Brothers journey to flight. Visitors can see a reproduction of the Wright 1909 Military Flyer. The museum provides an exhibit about Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic. The museum also has exhibits of aircraft from WWII, the Korean War, and the Space Age. Many of the research aircraft on display are the only surviving examples of the type.
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